Warring parties urged to protect migrants in Sebha, Libya

migrants stranded in Libya

Opposition fighters and pro-Qadhafi forces in the Libyan town of Sebha have been urged by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) not to harm 1,200 migrants who have sought refuge at a transit centre.

The IOM says the migrants, who are mainly from Chad, are escaping fighting which has intensified on the outskirts of the town.

IOM spokesman Jean Philippe Chauzy says Sebha in the southern part of Libya is still controlled by the government but is surrounded by opposition forces.

"The information we are getting from local staff in Sebha and also from the Chadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is that there are up to 1,200 stranded migrants that are currently in the transit centre that we had set up back in June, July, August this year for evacuation. These migrants are terrified of the idea of being caught in a cross fire. So once again we are asking parties to the conflict to ensure the necessary protection for the migrants who are currently stranded in Sebha."

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