Libyan parties urged to stop hostilities, focus on fighting COVID-19

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Tripoli, March 26 | The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has urged on Libyan parties to stop all hostilities and focus on fighting the novel coronavirus instead.

“While the whole world is engaged in fighting the spread of COVID-19, which has overwhelmed several well-resourced countries, attacks and counter attacks in Libya continue to inflict further suffering and civilian casualties,” Xinhua news agency quoted the UMSMIL as saying in a statement on Wednesday.

“UNSMIL calls for an immediate de-escalation, including cessation of hostilities, demobilization of forces, and stopping the influx of foreign fighters and weapons.

“Libyans need to shift their focus to the fight against COVID-19,” the statement said.

The UMSMIL reminded all parties in Libya of their obligations in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law to ensure the protection of civilians.

Tripoli, the capital, has been plagued by a deadly armed conflict between the UN-backed government and the east-based army over control of the city since last year.

Although both parties have announced their acceptance of international calls for halting all military actions to fight the virus, they have been trading accusations over truce breaches and targeting civilians in Tripoli.

Source: IANS

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Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute  in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.

Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”

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