Migrants in Libya fleeing to Misrata for evacuation

Over 3,100 Migrants have now been evacuated from the besieged Libyan port city of Misrata according to the International Organization for Migration. IOM says the number of migrants arriving in the city seeking evacuation was growing by the day. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.

Migrants in Libya

Migrants in Libya

Fighting in Misrata is reported to be intensifying with the port area where most of the stranded migrants are camping awaiting evacuation under constant threat of motor and sniper fire.

More and more civilians are desperately trying to leave the city by any means available including small boats.

A third IOM-chartered ship carrying over 1,000 migrant evacuees from Misrata is expected to dock later today in the Eastern city of Benghazi.

The migrants are mainly from sub Saharan Africa, Bangladesh, Philippines, Pakistan, Egypt, Algeria and Ukraine.

The ship is also carrying 55 Libyans wounded in the fighting and the bodies of award-winning photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, who were killed on Tuesday in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Misrata.

IOM is planning a forth evacuation mission, but says more funding is needed to finance the operations as more migrants were making their way to Misrata with the hope of being evacuated.

Patrick Maigua United Nations Geneva.


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