Second ship leaves Tripoli with stranded migrants

migrants boarding ship

migrants boarding ship

A second ship chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) evacuated 850 stranded migrants from the Libyan capital, Tripoli on Sunday evening.

The ship was carrying migrants from Egypt, the Philippines, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Jordan, Iraq and Ukraine.

The agency says the evacuees, who are escaping widespread shortages of fuel, food, water and medical supplies, include women and children.

Jean Philippe Chauzy is IOM spokesman in Geneva.

"The IOM-chartered ship, the Azzura left Tripoli harbour on Sunday night with 850 stranded migrants. It is now on its way to Benghazi and it is expected later on Monday evening in the eastern port of Benghazi. The evacuees will be temporary accommodated in a transit centre that we have set up in the town of Benghazi and then we will take the evacuees to Cairo or to Alexandria via the Salloum border crossing."

Jean Philippe Chauzy says that his agency is concerned that many Sub-Saharan African migrants who make up the majority of the workforce in Libya have not yet been able to reach the Tripoli harbour.

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