UN tries to cut numbers at EU-funded migrant center in Libya

The UNCHR is asking those refugees not registered with the agency to leave the European Union-funded facility. (AFP)
Updated 30 November 2019

UN tries to cut numbers at EU-funded migrant center in Libya

CAIRO: The UN refugee agency is working to cut the number of migrants staying at an overcrowded transit center in Libya’s capital.
Charlie Yaxley, an UNCHR spokesman, tells The Associated Press Saturday that “the situation is very difficult” as the center is at about twice its capacity, with some 1,200 migrants.
The UNCHR is asking those refugees not registered with the agency to leave the European Union-funded facility. The surrounding areas of Tripoli have been the scene of fighting between armed factions since April.
According to a document obtained by the AP, the agency says it’ll phase out food distribution for the unregistered migrants, including dozens of tuberculosis patients, from Jan. 1.
Libya is a major waypoint for migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East to Europe.


Israel starts to install sensors along Lebanon border

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Israel starts to install sensors along Lebanon border

  • Work would get underway Sunday at the Israeli kibbutz town of Misgav Am to deploy the new noise-detecting technology
  • The move comes a year after Israel concluded a weeks-long operation to destroy tunnels it accused Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah of building

JERUSALEM: Israel’s army said it would start drilling to install ground sensors along its border with Lebanon on Sunday, a year after an operation to destroy tunnels dug across the frontier.
“We are deploying a defensive system into the ground.. in various locations” along the border, spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told journalists.
Work would get underway Sunday at the Israeli kibbutz town of Misgav Am, he said, to deploy the new noise-detecting technology.
The move comes a year after Israel concluded a weeks-long operation to destroy tunnels it accused Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah of building.
At least six tunnels were discovered in the operation dubbed “Northern Shield” along the border where a United Nations peacekeeping force is deployed.
Conricus said the drilling is “not related to any new intelligence” and all military activity would take place on the Israeli side of the border.
Work at Misgav Am is expected to last a number of weeks before the sensors are installed along other sections of the border.
“We understand that our activity might be seen, and most probably will be heard, on the Lebanese side,” said Conricus.
Israel has notified the UNIFIL peacekeeping force which patrols the “blue line” drawn by the UN to mark Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.
Lebanon and Israel are still technically at war.
A month-long conflict in 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.