230 stranded migrants rescued from Misrata

Evacuation of Stranded Migrants from Misrata, Libya

230 migrants and over 40 wounded people have been evacuated by boat to the Libyan city of Benghazi, according to the International Organization for Migration.

The IOM says the latest rescue operation was necessary to ease overcrowding and rising tensions in camps located in Misrata.

The evacuees were mainly men from West Africa and Asia.

The boat managed to leave safely as the pier area was being bombed, says Jemini Pandya of the IOM.

"Most of the migrants are young single males who have been living in a Libyan Red Crescent camp, where increasing numbers of migrants have gathered. Congestion and rising tensions at the camp had necessitated the evacuation of the men during this 11th IOM rescue mission to Misrata."

The next evacuation mission schedule for 14 July will give priority to women and children, adds Pandya.

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