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UN steps up plea for humanitarian aid corridors in Tripoli fighting

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

The United Nations on Tuesday stepped up its level of concern for civilians caught up in the continued clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli and the High Commissioner for Human Rights echoed its call for humanitarian aid corridors.

“The United Nations is very much concerned about the continued clashes and their impact on civilians,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “The UN continues to provide humanitarian support and call for humanitarian pauses and a ceasefire.”

“The escalation of attacks in residential areas, including the use of artillery, rockets, and airstrikes is deeply worrying,” said the human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet. “Thousands of children, women and men’s lives are at risk.”

She said that 22 civilian deaths and 74 injured civilians have been documented, noting the actual number is likely to be higher.

“I remind all parties to the conflict that the use of explosive weapons with indiscriminate effects, in densely populated areas, is a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law,” the high commissioner said.

The International Organization for Migration estimated 43,000 people have now been displaced by fighting.

Almost 30,000 people have received some form of humanitarian assistance since the start of the current hostilities, including assistance to displaced families at collective shelters, assistance to refugees and migrants, including evacuations, and restocking of medical facilities, said Dujarric, the spokesman.

He said the Tripoli Flash Appeal for 10.2 million U.S. dollars is “urgently needed to assist people impacted by the clashes.”

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