Hundreds rescued by IOM from Libya city of Misrata

Around 800 people, 50 of them wounded, have been rescued by the International Organization for Migration from the port of Misrata.

Misrata evacuation

Misrata evacuation

The IOM ship Red Star One has been trying to access the port for five days.

On Wednesday, despite heavy shelling and mines in the sea, it was finally able to dock.

The boat also off-loaded 180 tons of food and medical supplies before leaving.

Jumbe Omari Jumbe of IOM, says it was a most challenging evacuation:

“There was really heavy shelling, in and around the port, which made the hundreds of people, Libyan civilians, made them to rush towards our ship, in their desperation, wanting to embark, to board the ship – of course these are the scenes that happened today. But finally we managed to evacuate 800 people, those are stranded migrants, and including 50 wounded civilians. There are also about 20 journalists – all of these we managed to evacuate today.”

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