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UK to provide £1 million to the UN Flash Appeal for Tripoli

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.

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