The Address | Benghazi – Libya
KHOMS – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed that 96 migrants were returned last night to the Libyan city of Khoms after a failed attempt to reach Italy through the Mediterranean Sea.
Teams from both agencies were on the ground to provide humanitarian and medical assistance.
UNHCR and IOM reiterated that Libya is not a safe port for migrants and that arbitrary detention must end.
🔴 Last night 96migrants were returned to Libyan shore, where @IOM_Libya local partner Staco provided onsite medical screenings. While we follow up to provide needed assistance in the detention centre, we reiterate that Libya is not a safe port,&that arbitrary detention must end.
— IOM Libya (@IOM_Libya) May 1, 2019
🚨 96 refugees and migrants disembarked last night at Al Khoms.
UNHCR partner IMC was on the ground to provide humantarian & medical assistance.
We reiterate that conditions in Libya are not safe for rescued or intercepted refugees & that these people must not be returned there.
— UNHCR Libya (@UNHCRLibya) May 1, 2019