Migrants prevented from fleeing Libya

The number of people fleeing violence in Libya has dropped sharply following the deployment of heavily armed pro-government forces on the border.

The head of the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) Valerie Amos said that by Thursday, over 172,000 people had left Libya.

Ms. Amos has called on the Libyan authorities to allow people to move freely.

“Our concern now is that the numbers leaving Libya dropped sharply yesterday. UNHCR has reported that the border on the Libyan side is now manned by heavily armed pro-government forces. We hope that free movement of people can continue. Several countries have been sending planes to fly people out of Libya. We need to see further rotations of planes and ships to help everyone to leave.”

Valerie Amos will travel to Tunisia on Saturday to see first hand how the people fleeing violence in Libya are being assisted at the border.

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