Libya UN mobilized to support thousands uprooted by Tripoli clashes renews call

“I remind all parties to the conflict that the use of explosive weapons with indiscriminate effects, in densely populated areas is a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law,” she stated. In her statement released on Tuesday, human rights High Commissioner Bachelet also expressed serious concerns about the safety of around 3,350 migrants and refugees, still held in detention centres near the conflict areas. “Migrants should be released from detention centres as a matter of urgency, and should have access to the same humanitarian protection as all civilians, including access to collective shelters or other safe places,” she stressed. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) echoed her call for a “temporary humanitarian truce to allow for the provision of emergency services and the safe and voluntary passage of civilians out of conflict-affected areas”. Fighting broke out in Tripoli at the beginning of April, when General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army, began a military campaign to take Tripoli from fighters loyal to the UN-recognized Government. By the second week of the month, casualties were in the hundreds, and the number of displaced, in the thousands.  To date, the UN has recorded close to 350 people killed, including 22 civilians, and over 1,650 wounded, including 74 civilians. Ms. Bachelet noted that the actual number of civilians killed or injured “is likely to be higher”. “The hospitals are overwhelmed with injured people requiring surgery,” said Dr. Hussein Hassan, Health Emergencies Team leader for the World Health Organization in Libya. “WHO’s emergency medical teams are helping them save lives,” he explained, adding that the “EMTs work into the wee hours to handle complicated surgical cases.” “Some specialists, like the vascular surgeon, are travelling from one place to another to cover two hospitals,” he added. In just over a week, WHO’s three medical teams have performed 144 major surgeries and 104 minor surgeries in a little more than a week. As conflict intensifies, the UN is lacking funding to carry out critical interventions. Along with other humanitarian partners, it launched a common flash appeal for US$ 10.2 million to assist about 100,000 people specifically affected by the surge in violence around Tripoli. “The escalation of attacks in residential areas, including the use of artillery, rockets and airstrikes is deeply worrying. Thousands of children, women and men’s lives are at risk,” Ms. Bachelet said, calling on all parties to fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law. The recent escalation of violence in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, has uprooted the lives of thousands of innocent civilians. The @UNHumanRights chief, @mbachelet, calls for respect of international humanitarian law and a humanitarian truce:— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 30, 2019 read more

Jaguar Land Rover expands West Midlands manufacturing with £600m investment

Jaguar Land Rover confirmed this week that it has committed £600 million to its advanced vehicle manufacturing facilities in the West Midlands.More than £400 million of this will be invested into the manufacturer’s Castle Bromwich plant on new and upgraded facilities ahead of the introduction of the new Jaguar XF, and a cutting-edge aluminium bodyshop to develop expertise in innovative lightweight materials.In addition to the investment at Castle Bromwich, Jaguar Land Rover also announced this week that it will double the size of its Advanced Design and Engineering Centre in Whitley for the creation of innovative new ultra low emission vehicles. In addition, the manufacturer is to invest £150m in the National Automotive Innovations Centre (NAIC) that will open in 2017. NAIC will offer a state-of-the-art technology hub for Jaguar Land Rover’s research team and collaborators from both industry and academia.Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth, said, “Jaguar Land Rover continues to demonstrate its unwavering support to the British automotive industry through sustained investments in advanced research, technology and innovation.“This investment, made here in the heartland of our UK business operations, signals the confidence we have in this region to support the creation, engineering and manufacturing of ultra-low emission, premium British products, today and in the future.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more