Over 75,000 migrants in Libya need urgent assistance

Over 75,000 migrants who have fled the violence in Libya need assistance to be evacuated, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Migrants stranded on the Libyan-Tunisian border

The agency says that as the crisis continues in Libya thousands of migrants are fleeing the country daily, with at least 6,000 going to Egypt and Tunisia alone.

IOM spokesperson, Jemini Pandya says the agency has already evacuated nearly 84,000 migrants from the region to their home countries and is appealing for $160 million to continue its operations.

“The appeal to the international community today would allow the organization to evacuate an additional 75,000 people who manage to escape the violence in Libya as well as those groups inside the country where possible. It would also enable the continued provision of humanitarian assistance such as food and medical attention at the border areas, travel health checks for all those being evacuated and health referrals for those who are particularly vulnerable.”

Nearly 410,000 people have already fled the violence in Libya since the crisis began in late February.

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