Libyan Interim PM Discusses Conditions of Displaced Citizens from Western Region

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On Tuesday, the Prime Minister of the Libyan Interim Government, Abdullah Al-Thinni, held a meeting in the cabinet’s headquarters in Benghazi with Member of Parliament Ali Al-Majdoub, during which they discussed the conditions of the displaced citizens from the western region.

During the talks, the Libyan Premier directed all concerned officials and institutions to meet the necessary needs of displaced citizens and work to solving all problems facing them.

Notably, protests over deteriorating economic conditions erupted earlier this week in the capital and elsewhere in western Libya, which is controlled by forces loyal to the UN-supported government.

In Tripoli, local militias allied with the government opened fire on demonstrators using rifles as well as truck-mounted guns, and abducted some of the protesters.

In August, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed it had registered 401,836 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Libya as a result of the war in the country. UNHCR indicated it will continue to support IDPs who were forced to flee their homes and remain in their own country with cash assistance, basic relief items, and quick-impact projects (QIPs), which are small and rapidly implemented projects.

The UN organisation clarified that during this year, around 2,173 persons of concern to the UNHCR were intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard and disembarked in Libya. 76% of them are from Sudan and 10% are Somalis.