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Libyan aid agencies seek U.N. resolution to protect people caught up in fighting

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

GENEVA –  A group of aid agencies in Libya called on Tuesday for a U.N. resolution to support people caught in fighting around Tripoli, where the United Nations says 66,000 people have been forced out of their homes and at least 454 killed since April 5.

A report on the situation of migrants and displaced people by the “Protection Sector” group of aid agencies, which is coordinated by UNHCR, said 3,000 migrants remained trapped in detention centers close to areas of fighting, and the use of medium and heavy weapons in populated areas continued unabated.

“The U.N. Security Council should adopt a resolution calling for the protection of civilians and accountability for serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,” the Protection Sector said.

It said the European Union should stop hampering search and rescue in the Mediterranean, ensure that anyone rescued can go to a safe port as required by international law, and stop supporting Libya’s use of detention centers until standards in those facilities improved.

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