Parties to Libyan conflict urged to allow boat to dock at Misrata

The Libyan authorities and NATO forces are being urged by the International Organization on Migration (IOM) to allow its ship to dock at Misrata, to rescue around 1,000 stranded migrants and many wounded civilians.

boat carrying supplies

boat carrying supplies

The agency says the Red Star One boat, which left Benghazi on 29 April, has been waiting off-shore to dock since 30th April.

A spokesman said shelling of the city’s port area, and the threat of mines laid in the sea around the port, have prevented the ship from docking so far.

Jumbe Omari Jumbe is the IOM spokesman in Geneva.

“Today is particularly very important because there are many injured civilians, some of them in intensive care. And we have got reports that two of them have died actually while waiting to be evacuated. So we are appealing to all parties involved, that is NATO and the Libyan authorities to allow the ship to dock so that we can evacuate these people who are around the port and further down the road.”

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