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UNHCR evacuates 133 refugees and asylum seekers from Tripoli to Niger

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) evacuated 133 refugees and asylum-seekers on 6 December from the newly opened Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli to the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger. All of the evacuees were previously detained in Libyan detention centers and hosted in the GDF prior to their departure, UNHCR reported.

Since November 2017, UNHCR evacuated 2,609 refugees and asylum-seekers including 2,202 to Niger, 312 to Italy and 95 to Romania.

As of 6 December, the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG) rescued/intercepted 14,795 refugees and migrants at sea (10,346 men, 2,172 women and 1,421 children) during 115 sea operations, according to UNHCR.

In November 2018, 546 refugees and migrants were disembarked in Libya.

Throughout the year, the majority of refugees and migrants were disembarked at the Tripoli Naval Base (62 per cent) while others disembarked at Al Khums port (19 per cent) and Azzawya (11 per cent), UNHCR said.

This week, through its partner International Medical Corps (IMC), UNHCR provided medical and humanitarian assistance to ten refugees and migrants disembarked in Libya who were stranded on a boat for more than 10 days at sea. According to the survivors, 15 individuals died on the boat due to the lack of food and water.

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