Reference : V-P-LY-E-00092
Date : 05/2011
Country/Region : LIBYA
Caption : Misrata. Civilians approaching destroyed tanks.
Photographer : s.n.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Picture taken during week 22 to 29.05/2011

ICRC website, operational update 03/06/2011
The port and the central areas of this conflict-torn city are now safer, but unexploded devices litter the streets and thousands of people have been displaced as a result of the front line shifting into farmland on the outskirts of the city.

"The unexploded weapons in Misrata are a serious threat that prevents many people from returning home," said Guy Marot, an ICRC delegate. Several dozens of civilian casualties have been reported. A team of ICRC experts has started training 40 local volunteers in basic techniques for disposing of the explosive ordnance. The volunteers are also being helped to alert residents to the hazardousness of these devices. Their training will continue for some weeks and equipment for disposing of the unexploded ordnance will be provided to them. "We conducted surveys inside Misrata to identify the areas most affected by unexploded devices and mark them," added Mr Marot. "These areas include Tripoli Street and the covered market."

In Misrata, the ICRC gave 25 volunteers of the Libyan Red Crescent training in first aid. "A large number of the volunteers in Misrata are young people. They want very much to help civilians affected by the situation, but they have not been trained to act in dangerous situations and to deliver first-aid to wounded people," said Bertrand Kern, an ICRC delegate in charge of cooperation activities with the Libyan Red Crescent. A total of 23 people – doctors, Libyan Red Crescent volunteers and members of the Misrata emergency committee – were given a short course in the management of dead bodies.

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