AIWA! NO!//Hundreds of migrants held in a detention centre south of the Libyan capital were evacuated this week amid fierce clashes between armed groups, the UN’s refugee agency said on Thursday.
Street battles between rival militias raged in Tripoli’s southern suburbs from Monday to Wednesday, leaving at least 27 dead and nearly 100 wounded, according to Libya’s health ministry.
Some 300 migrants – mainly from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia – at the Ain Zara detention centre were in “clear danger of getting caught in the hostilities,” the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said. They were transferred on Tuesday to the capital’s Abu Salim detention centre, “which is in a relatively safer location where international organisations can provide aid to them”, the UNHCR said.
The evacuation operation was conducted in coordination with other UN organisations, as well as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Libya’s Department for Combating Illegal Immigration, it added.
AIWA! NO! //Clashes raged on Monday on the outskirts of Libya’s capital Tripoli trapping residents indoors and hampering rescue efforts, emergency services said, after more than a week of deadly fighting.
Clashes since August 27 between rival militias in the southern suburbs has killed at least 47 people and wounded 129 others, most of them civilians, according to an updated toll put out by the health ministry on Sunday night.
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