Evacuation of Libyan migrants resumes

The evacuation of migrants stranded in Libya has resumed after a brief suspension caused by the deteriorating security conditions.

Migrants in Libya

Migrants in Libya

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is moving the migrants by road from the port of Benghazi to the border crossing at Salum in Egypt.

IOM spokesman Jemini Pandya says that on Thursday, the agency evacuated 146 Chadian and four Bangladeshi in a convoy of buses which reached Salum in the evening.

“Another 646 Chadians are expected to be taken by IOM to the Egyptian border in the next two days. And then from next week onwards we will be looking at other nationalities with priority always being given to those we feel are particularly vulnerable because there are many migrants still stranded in port area where they are sheltering at a transit facility that is operated by the Libyan Red Crescent.”

African migrants in Libya have been attacked by people who accuse them of being mercenaries hired by Libyan leader Muamar Qhadafi to fight for him.

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