Stranded Chadian migrants airlifted out of Libya

Evacuation of Migrants Fleeing Violence in Libya

Three hundred and seventy stranded Chadian migrants, mainly women and children have been airlifted out of the Southern Libyan town of Sebha back to Chad.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says this is the first evacuation operation by a plane it has chartered in Libya where fighting continues between government and opposition forces.

IOM says that vulnerable migrants have spent weeks living in the open with limited access to food, water and health services.

Jumbe Omari Jumbe is IOM spokesman in Geneva.

"Since Wednesday we have succeeded to run three airlifting operations from Sebha, taking with us 370 migrants many of tem sick and weak. We are taking them to N’Djamena in Chad because most of them are Chadians but also we have some few Sub-Saharan migrants. These are the migrants who were left in Sebha because of their situation. They are women and children and sick. So they could not continue with the journey towards the Chadian border." (Duration 0’29")

More IOM flights are lined up in the coming days to assist up to 2,000 Chadian and other African migrants marooned in Sebha in Gatroun a town further to the south.

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