Refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libya

As protests and violence escalate in Libya, there is growing concern over the safety of refugees in the country.

Refugees in Libya

Refugees in Libya

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says there were reports that some refugees and asylum seekers based in Libya have been targeted and assaulted during the on going protests.

Melissa Fleming from UNHCR says the possibility of the refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries and beyond was highly likely and is appealing to governments in the region to respond to possible arrivals from Libya in a humanitarian manner.

“We have no access at this time to the refugee community. Over the past months we have been trying to regularize our presence in Libya, and this has constrained our work. Some of the reports we are getting from third-party sources are very worrying. A journalist has passed information to us from Somalis in Tripoli who say they are being hunted on suspicion of being mercenaries. He says they feel trapped and are frightened to go out, even though there is little or no food at home.”

UNHCR says it has registered over 8,000 refugees in Libya, mainly from Palestine, Sudan, Iraq, Eritrea, Somali and Chad.

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