The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has defended the role it played in the situation regarding around 80 migrants whom were on board the merchant ship Nivin and were forcibly disembarked in Misurata last month.
In a letter addressed to Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, William Hennequin in charge of MSF operations in Libya, refers to a recent media interview in which Salamé referred to the incident.
On November 22, Coast Guard forces loyal to the Interior Ministry of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord have used rubber bullets and tear gas to forcibly disembark more than 80 refugees and migrants who had refused to leave the merchant ship Nivin, which had rescued them, in the port of Misurata.
The forced disembarkation was condemned by several international human rights organizations. It resulted in injuring several migrants, two of which had to be transported to a hospital in Tripoli due to their critical injuries, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).