Martin Kobler: Concerned for Civilians in Qanfouda, calls for Safe Passage
10 December 2016 - The Special Representative to the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler, is deeply worried that civilians remain in Qanfouda despite the unilateral ceasefire announcement by the Libyan National Army (LNA).
“Reports of shells being fired and civilians being prevented from leaving are extremely concerning,” said Martin Kobler. “Earlier this week, I sent letters to both the LNA and the Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council (BRSC) calling on them to urgently open a safe passage to enable the exit of civilians out of Qanfouda. The LNA announced a ceasefire and I welcomed it,” he added.
The Special Representative calls on the parties, once again, to provide another safe passage to allow for the evacuation of all civilians who wish to leave in a secure and dignified manner.
The Special Representative reiterates that the LNA and BRSC are responsible for the safety of the civilians in Qanfouda. He reminds the parties to abide by International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, which prevent attacks on civilians of any kind and the use of civilians as human shields.