GENEVA / LIBYA MURZUQ VIOLENCE

20-Aug-2019 00:02:02
Fighting in the southern Libyan town of Murzuq involving air and drone strikes has left at least 90 people dead and displaced thousands of “terrified” civilians, the UN said on Tuesday. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / LIBYA MURZUQ VIOLENCE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 AUGUST 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

20 AUGUST 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Casualties on all sides of the fighting have continued as a result of airstrikes by planes and drones, indiscriminate rocket attacks and shelling, and direct fighting on the ground.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We know for a fact at least six children, two of them were killed, four of them were injured in a strike that hit a house hosting internally displaced people on 8 August.”
6. Close up, hands typing on laptop
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“It is a civilian area, it’s in a country where people tend, families tend to be big and there are many children.”
8. Wide shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“They are of course terrified that if they move, they will be perceived as affiliated to one side of the other and maybe targeted.”
10. Med shot, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The UN and humanitarian organizations are responding with emergency health care, food distribution, shelter and non-food items, but access remains difficult, due to the active fighting. The UN has extremely limited access to Murzuq itself with many roads damaged and many roadblocks.”
12. Med shot, journalists
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Spokesperson, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Our call really is for those doing the fighting to allow people to leave if they so wish, so they can reach a place where they can be assisted, and of course to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure in the first place, according to international humanitarian law.”
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15. Med shot, journalist with briefing notes, microphone, pen
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STORYLINE
Fighting in the southern Libyan town of Murzuq involving air and drone strikes has left at least 90 people dead and displaced thousands of “terrified” civilians, the UN said on Tuesday.

Echoing concerns earlier this month from the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) condemned the escalation in the small oasis town.

OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told reporters in Geneva today (20 Aug) that casualties “on all sides of the fighting have continued as a result of airstrikes by planes and drones, indiscriminate rocket attacks and shelling, and direct fighting on the ground.”

OCHA’s warning follows reports by local media that the clashes involved the Tubu tribe and the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) of commander Khalifa Haftar, which began an offensive on the southern outskirts of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, in April.

Asked about the identities of the victims in Murzuq, Laerke replied that they included children.

“It is a civilian area, it’s in a country where people tend - families tend - to be big and there are many children,” he said. “We know for a fact at least (of) six children, two of them were killed, four of them were injured in a strike that hit a house hosting internally displaced people on 8 August.”

According to the UN migration agency, IOM, 9,450 people have been displaced by the violence in and around Murzuq since the beginning of August. But many families are too scared to move out of their homes, for fear of reprisals, Laerke explained.

“They are of course terrified that if they move, they will be perceived as affiliated to one side of the other and maybe targeted,” he said.

To respond to urgent needs, the UN and humanitarian organizations “are responding with emergency health care, food distribution, shelter and non-food items”, Laerke added, before noting that access remains difficult, “due to the active fighting.”

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) shipped medical supplies to support health facilities in Murzuq’s conflict zone, with enough supplies to help 60 000 people for three months and 600 surgical procedures.

Access is far more limited inside Murzuq itself “with many roads damaged and many roadblocks,” Laerke said.

Amid growing humanitarian needs, the OCHA spokesperson appealed to all parties involved in the fighting to “allow people to leave if they so wish, so they can reach a place where they can be assisted, and of course to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure in the first place, according to international humanitarian law.”
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