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Libya | Tarhuna and Sirt Flash Update No. 2 (As of 22 June 2020)

Since 10 June, a further 3,800 people have fled their homes following an intensification of conflict around Tarhuna and Sirt. This brings the total number of internally displaced people to 27,750 people, according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Update from 18 June 2020.
Those areas with the largest displacements include Benghazi (6,550 people) and Ejdabia (6,050 people) in the East, and
Bani Waleed (4,750 people) in the West. Most internally displaced people (IDPs) are currently staying in private
accommodation, such as with relatives, friends, host families, but also rented apartments. Collective shelters have also
been set up in most displacement locations by local authorities.
While movement restrictions and other prevention measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 remain in place, 93 per cent
of surveyed IDP families in eastern Libya indicated that their access to markets and stores has not been significantly
impacted. However, recent increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases in many parts of Libya is of concern for many vulnerable populations on the move.
According to local sources, food and other essential goods are also still available in Tarhuna and Sirt and shops are opening, although goods are arriving less frequently. In Bani Waleed there has been reports of fuel shortages. In Tarhuna, most shops are open during the day but close from 6 p.m. due to security concerns and there are a number of reported
checkpoints in the city.
Although there have been reports of military movements and shelling in the vicinity of Sirt in the last few weeks, no significant clashes have been recorded inside Sirt. There is also a significant risk to residents posed by explosive hazards, due to both the legacy of contamination from previous conflicts and from recent clashes involving heavy and explosive weapons. There are also unconfirmed reports of improvised explosive device (IED) contamination in or near civilian homes and infrastructure. Recent incidents around Sirt, especially in the western part of the city, have reportedly resulted in the deaths and injuries of seven civilians. The actual level of contamination is currently unknown until assessments/surveys can be conducted after the cessation of hostilities.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
22 Jun 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Inter-Cluster Coordination
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)