Seventh IOM mission rescues 600 refugees from Libya

migrants boarding ship

migrants boarding ship

A boat chartered by the International Organisation for Migration has delivered aid to Misrata in Libya and evacuated nearly 600 migrants and wounded civilians.

 This is the seventh such mission carried out by IOM since the conflict in Libya began in February.

 Julia Paul reports: 

 IOM staff arrived by boat in Misrata on Saturday. Aboard were 280 tons of food and a field hospital with the capacity to treat 50 casualties.

 Nearly 600 people were evacuated, including 392 Nigerians and seven Palestinians, as well migrants from seven other countries.

 The mission also brought an inter-agency team to carry out an assessment of humanitarian needs in Misrata.

 The boat is now on its way to Benghazi. A volunteer medical team from the city's hospital and the International Medical Corps (IMC) is treating the wounded aboard.

 This is the seventh IOM mission to the port. They've been funded by Britain, Australia, Germany, Ireland and the European Commission.

 In total, IOM has rescued around 7,000 people and carried nearly 21,000 tons of humanitarian aid into the city.

 Julia Paul, United Nations

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