UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Calls for Humanitarian Ceasefires and Safe Exit of Civilians Trapped in Fighting Areas in Benghazi
11 March 2016 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has received reports that many families are trapped in areas of fighting in the city of Benghazi, specifically in the Qanfouda and Qawarsha neigbourhoods. They face shortages of electricity, food and medical supplies.
The Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya calls upon all the warring parties to ensure the safe exit of all civilians who are trapped in areas affected by fighting and wish to leave. He urges all the parties to allow for humanitarian ceasefires in Benghazi to facilitate the work of humanitarian organization on the ground.
UNSMIL reminds all parties of their obligation to respect the provisions of international humanitarian law and international human rights law at all times. UNSMIL specifically urges the parties to ensure the protection of civilians and allow for the provision of medical care to the wounded, including their safe evacuation where needed.