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Hundreds of Refugees and Migrants Trapped by Tripoli Fighting Taken to Safety by UNHCR

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Hundreds of Refugees and Migrants Trapped by Tripoli Fighting Taken to Safety by UNHCR

Hundreds of Refugees and Migrants Trapped by Tripoli Fighting Taken to Safety by UNHCR

The UNHCR said on April 24 that 325 refugees and migrants trapped by fighting in Libya were evacuated from the Qaser Ben Gasheer detention center in southern Tripoli amid a worsening security situation and escalating violence.

The refugees were transferred to Zawiyah, a town west of Tripoli, where, the UNHCR said, they would be at reduced risk of being caught up in the hostilities.

UNHCR expressed concern for about 3,000 refugees and migrants that they said remained in detention centers in Tripoli.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), who carried out the evacuation along with UNHCR, said on the same day that the emergency relocation came as a “lifesaving measure while advocacy efforts continue to end arbitrary detention.” Credit: © UNHCR via Storyful

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