Coronavirus:Libya at risk of humanitarian catastrophe,UNHCR

Fighting worsened over past week

03 April, 16:13

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 3 - UNHCR on Friday warned of a possible ''humanitarian catastrophe'' in Libya due to worsening fighting a year after the launch of General Khalifa Haftar's military operation against Tripoli and due to the risk of COVID-19 spreading throughout the country. ''More than 300 civilians have been killed and 150,000 others displaced from their homes since last April. Despite the tentative agreement on a humanitarian truce, fighting escalated significantly in the past week. The deteriorating security has also undermined the ability of the tens of thousands of formerly displaced persons to safely return to their areas of origin,'' a statement said. Meanwhile, the authorities have now confirmed ten cases of COVID-19 and one death in Libya, raising new fears about the ability of the country's weakened health services to respond.

    The head of the UNHCR mission in Libya, Jean-Paul Cavalieri, warned of a possible humanitarian catastrophe if the virus was not contained.(ANSAmed).

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