A group of 131 refugees were evacuated last night out of Libya to the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger, run by UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNHCR said in a statement today.

The evacuees were from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, and included 65 children under the age of eighteen. Some of the group were previously held in detention centers for more than a year. […]

With this evacuation, UNHCR has assisted 1,297 vulnerable refugees out of Libya in 2019, including 711 to Niger, 295 to Italy, and 291 who have been resettled to Europe and Canada, according to UNHCR statistics.

However, the rising numbers of people being brought to detention centers after being rescued and intercepted on the Central Mediterranean means many more places are urgently needed, it added.

With the conflict in Tripoli showing no sign of diminishing, more than 3,800 refugees and migrants held in detention centers remain at risk of being caught up in the clashes.

The Libyan Address | 20.06.2019

UNHCR: 131 refugees evacuated out of Libya to Niger, amidst ongoing conflict in Tripoli