The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development announced today that it will provide £1 million to the United Nations Flash Appeal for Libya, launched in response to the fighting in Tripoli, which has been ongoing since 4 April.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) will deliver the UK’s lifesaving medical care, including surgery in front-line referral hospitals, and supplies for 150,000 patients.
“With many hospitals in Libya severely under-resourced and near breaking point, UK aid will provide vital medical supplies to help them cope with the increase in casualties,” Britain’s International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said in a statement.
“The UK remains deeply concerned about the potential impact on civilians if the fighting moves further into densely-populated urban areas.”
Britain will also provide an expert to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to help negotiate improved access for agencies to deliver aid on-the-ground.
The UN released its Flash Appeal Funding Requirement for Tripoli on April 17, estimating that 1.5 million people may be impacted by the conflict within weeks.
The UN said that $10.2 million is required for funding its humanitarian activities, with $2.8 million needed for the health sector.