Second boat to evacuate migrants from Tripoli

Evacuation of Stranded Migrants from Misrata, Libya

A second boat has left the Libyan city of Benghazi for Tripoli to deliver humanitarian assistance and evacuate more migrants stranded by fighting there.

The departure of the ship, chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), follows the successful evacuation of a first group of 263 migrants from Tripoli on Thursday night.

IOM spokesperson, Jemini Pandya, says the vessel has a much larger capacity of about 1,000 people.

“It's loaded with essential supplies and essential humanitarian and medical aid. Also on board are 50 humanitarian workers from various organizations mainly working in the health sector. The boat is due to arrive in Tripoli either late Saturday or early Sunday and assuming security conditions are right will unload the aid first. The following day IOM will board the migrants and depart."

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