Three Weeks of Fighting in Libyan Capital Displaced 35,000 People, Claimed over 200 Lives, and Injured More than 1,000 – UN Appeals for Funding to Continue

Tripol, 23 April 2019 (IOM)*–  Nearly three weeks of fighting in the Libyan capital has displaced close to 35,000 people, claimed over 200 lives, and injured more than 1,000. Further insecurity, continued displacements and large-scale humanitarian and protection needs are expected as the conflict continues to intensify. 


IOM is appealing for international support for its efforts to deliver assistance to migrants and displaced persons affected by the ongoing hostilities in Tripoli. Photo: IOM

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has provided emergency assistance to all affected populations since hostilities began but funding shortfalls are now affecting the Organization’s ability to meet the critical needs of both migrants and the local families displaced by the fighting.

“Families are fleeing their homes as fighting in southern Tripoli rages,” Othman Belbeisi, IOM Libya Chief of Mission said Tuesday [23 April 2019].

“With thousands of people running for safety every day, and more than 3,000 detained migrants who remain at high risk, immediate action is needed to provide crucial support to vulnerable civilians in Tripoli.”

IOM is appealing to the international community today for USD 4.3 million to allow for the delivery of multi-sectoral lifesaving assistance to individuals affected by the on-going conflict for the next three months. The interventions will target over 38,000 migrants and persons displaced as a direct consequence to the armed clashes.

IOM’s request comes as part of a more comprehensive inter-agency appeal. All civilians in Tripoli and especially detained migrants, among them children and women, are at risk.

IOM has provided non-food Items (NFIs), emergency food for detained migrants, primary health care, support for voluntary humanitarian return (VHR) and improving living conditions of detained migrants at DCIM detention centers in close coordination with humanitarian actors to ensure an effective and efficient delivery of assistance. IOM also continues to advocate for the closure of migrant detention centres.

The ability of the IOM and its humanitarian partners to deliver assistance has been greatly enhanced by use of the Organization’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) which provides daily updates about the number and location of internally displaced people and their specific needs.


Learn More:

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As Fighting in Libya Escalates, So Does Number of Children ‘at Imminent Risk of Injury or Death’

Libya: Heavy Shelling and Civilian Deaths ‘Blatant Violation’ of International Law – UN Envoy

Libyan National Conference Postponed, Nearly 500,000 Children at ‘Direct Risk’ from Fighting around Tripoli

Thousands Flee Fighting in Libya; UN Renews Call for Halt to Military Escalation to Rescue Trapped Civilians

Libya: Nightmarish Detention for Migrants, Asylum Seekers

Libya Stands at a ‘Critical Juncture’, UN Mission Head Tells Security Council

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