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ICRC warns of ‘desperate’ situation as fighting continues in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The International Committee of the Red Cross has described the deteriorating situation in Libya as desperate, citing constant fighting, the collapse of the economy, and the destruction of basic infrastructure.

In a series of tweets, the ICRC said these factors have caused a “severe protracted crisis” that has led to the increased vulnerability of hundreds of thousands of Libyans.

“Seven years of war in Libya has driven over 500,000 people to flee their homes,” the organisation continued.

“For Libyans trying to return home, there’s not always much to return to. Houses, schools are often destroyed completely.”

The group also cited the sabotaging of health facilities, water and electricity supplies, as well as the dangers of unexploded remnants.

Comments of the ICRC came as Tripoli is witnessing deadly clashes since 26 August that killed 96 people and injured more than 210 others so far. UN Support Mission in Libya recently brokered a cease-fire agreement between rival GNA-funded militias; however, clashes erupted again in southern Tripoli since Tuesday morning.

 

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