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Libyans fatigued by worsening crisis - Red Cross chief

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<p>Paul Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (<span class="caps">ICRC</span>), warns that the situation in Libya could lead to many civilians fleeing their country, if things continue to escalate.</p> <p>On Thursday, fighting continued in Libya’s capital Tripoli, a day after the UN Security Council resolution called for a “lasting ceasefire”. Reports say civilian casualties were recorded.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">ICRC</span> boss said: “The Libyans want to stay home. They want to go home. They are building and hoping for a political process that will allow them to get back on track. </p> <p>“But I don’t rule out that if we don’t manage to stabilize this situation politically, humanely, that all of a sudden we see similar movements as we’ve seen in other regions when people lose hope,” he added.</p> <p>The Red Cross chief also highlighted the inaccessibility of emergency supplies plus how the conflict is distorting the lives of many civilians.</p> <p>He further disclosed that Libyans he had interacted with expressed fatigue with the ongoing situation. “The Libyan people, at least all the people I meet who are the beneficiaries of our actions, are fed up with this conflict, want to end this conflict, want a return to a normality they experienced before. While the actors [of the conflict], I don’t think they are there yet.”</p> <p>Tripoli’s sole functioning airport of Mitiga, frequently shut down by shelling, suspended flights for several hours after it was hit by a rocket strike before resuming operations.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AGENCIES</span></em></strong></p>
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