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UNHCR evacuates 325 migrants from Qasr Ben Ghasheer detention center in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) evacuated on Wednesday some 325 refugees from the Qaser Ben Gasheer detention center in southern Tripoli amid deteriorating security and escalating violence.

The relocation, carried out together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), “was triggered by reports on Tuesday of the use of armed violence against detainees who were protesting the conditions in which they were being held, with gunshots reported to have been fired in the air,” reads the statement of UNHCR.

“While there were no bullet wounds, 12 refugees endured physical attacks that required hospital treatment.”

“The dangers for refugees and migrants in Tripoli have never been greater than they are at present,” said Matthew Brook, UNHCR Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya. “It is vital that refugees in danger can be released and evacuated to safety.”

UNHCR said the migrants have been transferred to the Azzawya detention center, “where they are at reduced risk of being caught up in the hostilities.”

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