UNHCR said in a statement on Wednesday those rescued from the Qasr bin Ghashir centre were transported to another detention facility in Az-Zawiyah, northwestern Libya, where they were „at reduced risk of being caught up“ in ongoing fighting. […]
The move was triggered by reports on Tuesday of the use of armed violence against detainees who were protesting against the conditions in which they were being held, UNHCR said, with 12 refugees requiring hospital treatment after being attacked.
Wednesday’s evacuation brings to 825 the number of refugees and migrants transferred further from clashes in four operations in the last two weeks, the agency added.
„The dangers for refugees and migrants in Tripoli have never been greater than they are at present,“ said Matthew Brook, UNHCR’s deputy chief of mission in Libya. […]
About 3,000 refugees and migrants remain trapped in detention centres in Tripoli, according to the UN, and remain at risk from the „deteriorating security situation“ around the capital. Many of the detainees fled war and persecution in their home countries.
„UN evacuates 325 refugees out of Tripoli as clashes continue“