Libya

Updated 20/05/2021

Libya faces a complex and protracted humanitarian and protection crises due to sustained armed conflict, the breakdown of public service provision and governance and economic challenges. Indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure has been prevalent throughout the conflict.

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report

The SHCC identified 77 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Libya in 2020, compared to 73 such incidents in 2019. Those responsible for these incidents damaged or destroyed health facilities, and killed and injured health workers, forcing health facilities to close, with potentially devastating consequences for an effective COVID-19 response.

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In April 2020 violence against health care rose significantly with hospitals damaged or forced to close due to renewed hostilities and violence between warring parties in western Libya.

Violence was most frequently reported in Tripoli, surrounding districts in the western Tripolitania region, and Misrata.

The main perpetrators were LNA forces, armed militias, and GNA and Turkish forces. Data


Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.