LIBYA / REFUGEES RELOCATION

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16-Apr-2019 00:03:49
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) relocated another 150 refugees who were detained in the Abu Selim detention centre in south Tripoli to UNHCR’s Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in the centre of Libya’s capital, safe from hostilities. UNHCR

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STORY: LIBYA / REFUGEES RELOCATION
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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DATELINE: 16 APRIL 2019, TRIPOLI, LIBYA

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1. Wide shot, people sitting outside of centre.
2. UPSOUND (English) UNHCR staff:
"UNHCR has done registrations with some nationalities... however it doesn't mean that if you have come form that country that you are necessarily refugee for UNHCR"
3. Various shots, people boarding bus
4. Various shots, bus leaving
5. Wide shot, people riding inside of bus
6. Various shots, people getting off bus
7. Various shots, woman on crutches entering registration facility
8. Various shots, UNHCR helping people inside registration facility
9. Various shots, people lined up after getting off bus
10. Various shots, man speaking to one of the young men in line
11. Various shots, from inside of mobile room that has people waiting to be seen by UNHCR
12. Various shots, young man walking into registration facility
13. Various shots, young man walking to registration facility
14. Various shots, woman wearing UNHCR vest speaking to young man at registration facility door
15. Various shots, around the room of people waiting to be seen by UNHCR

STORYLINE:

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today (16 Apr) relocated another 150 refugees who were detained in the Abu Selim detention centre in south Tripoli to UNHCR’s Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in the centre of Libya’s capital, safe from hostilities.

The Abu Selim detention centre is one of several in Libya that has been impacted by hostilities since clashes erupted in the capital almost a fortnight ago.

Refugees at the centre told UNHCR that they were petrified and traumatised by the fighting, fearing for their lives.

UNHCR staff who were present and organising the relocation today reported that clashes were around ten kilometres away from the centre and were clearly audible.

While UNHCR intended to relocate more refugees, due to a rapid escalation of fighting in the area this was not possible. UNHCR hopes to resume this life-saving effort as soon as conditions on the ground allow.

Refugees who were relocated today were among those most vulnerable and in need and included women and children. The relocation was conducted with the support of UNHCR’s partner, International Medical Corps and the Libyan Ministry of Interior.

This relocation is the second UNHCR-organised transfer since the recent escalation of the conflict in Libya.

Last week UNHCR relocated more than 150 refugees from the Ain Zara detention centre also in south Tripoli to the GDF, bringing the total number of refugees currently hosted at the GDF to more than 400.

After today’s relocation, there remain more than 2,700 refugees and migrants detained and trapped in areas where clashes are ongoing. In addition to those remaining at Abu Selim, other detention centres impacted and in proximity to hostilities include the Qasr Bin Ghasheer, Al Sabaa and Tajoura centres.

Current conditions in the country continue to underscore the fact that Libya is a dangerous place for refugees and migrants, and that those rescued and intercepted at sea should not be returned there. UNHCR has repeatedly called for an end to detention for refugees and migrants.
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