Libya

Interview with Jean-Guy Vataux, MSF Head of mission in Libya MSF is providing assistance to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Libya. Most of them have been robbed, taken under the control of criminal networks, abused, jailed, beaten up or tortured. Some have died. Since July 2016, MSF has...
During a rescue in the Mediterranean Sea on 23 May, the Libyan coastguard approached boats in distress, intimidated the passengers and then fired gunshots into the air, threatening people’s lives and creating mayhem, according to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS...
In order to increase Tunisian fishermen’s capacity to carry out rescues at sea, MSF has carried out a six-day training with 116 local fishermen in the town of Zarzis. MSF is also carrying out trainings for the Tunisian and Libyan Red Crescents, the Tunisian Civil Protection service and the Tunisian...
The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea on 5 August, in which hundreds of people drowned after a boat carrying up around 600 people capsized, underscores the severe lack of adequate search and rescue operations in the area, says Doctors Without Borders/Médécins Sans Frontières. The wooden boat...
Tensions are rising in eastern Libya and, as a result, medical needs are increasing. Fighting in the region has now expanded beyond the city of Benghazi, which has been the scene of armed confrontations for more than a year, to Derna, the stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) in the area, where...
This weekend more than 6000 people were rescued in several operations on the Mediterranean Sea while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe. Three hundred and sixty nine of those were rescued by the MY Phoenix a search and rescue vessel run in partnership by Médecins Sans Frontières/...
MSF suspends work in detention centres in Misrata Detainees in the Libyan city of Misrata are being tortured and denied urgent medical care, leading the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to suspend its operations in detention centres in Misrata. MSF...
Teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continue to provide medical care to migrants, internally displaced persons, and prisoners in the cities of Tripoli and Misrata, this in addition to a major mental health component in the country resulting from many months of violence. MSF expects that these...
The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today called on the warring parties in Libya to immediately halt all attacks on and intrusions into medical facilities in the town of Sirte. All wounded patients must have access to care and must be able to receive...
In this interview conducted on 13th October 2011, Dr Gabriele ROSSI, MSF emergency coordinator, describes a very serious situation in Sirte. On the night following the interview, six patients died at Ibn Sina hospital because they could not be operated on. In the north part of town, thousands of...
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