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EU reinforce humanitarian assistance in Libya

The European Commission is stepping up support for the worrying humanitarian situation in Libya. Our new funding aims to help humanitarian organisations respond to urgent needs, especially in terms of access to emergency health services and essential medicines. We urge all parties to the conflict to ensure immediate, safe and unrestricted humanitarian access so all in need receive lifesaving assistance. We stand by all those suffering as a result of the conflict and are committed to pursuing our impartial and neutral humanitarian response to help those that need it most.” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

The European Commission has announced additional emergency assistance of €10 million to respond to increasing humanitarian needs in Libya.

The European Commission has today announced an additional €10 million in humanitarian aid for those most in need in Libya as violence and instability continue to affect vulnerable populations. This is part of the EU’s broader support for Libya to address the ongoing crisis in the country, which includes funding of €220 million allocated through various support programmes, including the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

The new funding brings the Commission’s humanitarian assistance to the Libyan people to almost €30 million since the current crisis started and will also help boost food assistance, protection, water and sanitation, and shelter. As with all the EU’s humanitarian aid, funding will only be provided to humanitarian organisations.

It is currently estimated that 1.3 million people – amounting to about one fifth of the country’s population – are in need of humanitarian assistance. Particularly affected are the internally displaced persons, refugees and migrants.

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