LIBYA / DETAINED REFUGEES RELOCATION

09-Apr-2019 00:01:50
Amidst fighting in Libya’s capital, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) relocated more than 150 refugees from the Ain Zara detention centre in south Tripoli to its Gathering and Departure Facility in a nearby safe zone. UNHCR
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STORY: LIBYA / DETAINED REFUGEES RELOCATION
TRT: 01:50
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 APRIL 2019, TRIPOLI, LIBYA
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09 APRIL 2019, TRIPOLI, LIBYA

1. Wide shot, Gathering and Departure Facility to where refugees have been transferred from Ain Zara
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Brook, Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya, United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR):
“I’m here in Ain Zara detention centre, which has been caught in the middle of fighting for the past number of days, and people here are very scared. UNHCR is relocating the most vulnerable to our Gathering and Departure Facility in a safer zone. As I’m speaking, I can hear there’s artillery fire going on – explosions – and we’re trying to move as quickly as possible.”
3. Med shot, women and children behind fence next to bus
4. Close up, child
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Brook, Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya, United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR):
“We continue to call for access for humanitarian actors into these conflict zones, and we also ask that these populations can be relocated as quickly as possible.”
6. Wide shot, young men disembarking from bus and carrying belongings
7. Paula Barrachina Esteban, Spokesperson, United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR):
“We are in Tripoli today, where we have relocated more than 150 vulnerable refugees from Ain Zara Detention Centre, where the clashes were happening, to UNHCR’s Gathering and Departure Facility in Tripoli. We continue to call for the safety and protection of all refugees who are in detention centres. And today is a sign that when everyone works together we can make it happen; and help these refugees who are finally safe here at the Gathering and Departure Facility.”
8. Med shot, women and children at Gathering and Departure Facility
9. Med shot, UNHCR staff meeting with transferred refugees
STORYLINE
Amidst fighting in Libya’s capital, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) today (9 Apr) relocated more than 150 refugees from the Ain Zara detention centre in south Tripoli to its Gathering and Departure Facility in a nearby safe zone.

The Ain Zara detention centre has been impacted by heavy clashes in Tripoli. Refugees told UNHCR that they were frightened and worried about their safety, given ongoing fighting in the vicinity, and that they were left with minimal supplies.

UNHCR’s relocation of detained refugees and migrants is the first by UNHCR since the recent escalation. The UN refugee agency had received reports of similar situations at other detention centres and said it was currently looking into these claims, seeking to secure additional relocations of vulnerable people from detention centres.

UNHCR’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya, Matthew Brook said many refugees and migrants in the country endure terrible depravations. HE said they were now at grave additional risk, and must not be overlooked in the effort to get all civilians out of harm’s way.

SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Brook, Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya, United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR):
“I’m here in Ain Zara detention centre, which has been caught in the middle of fighting for the past number of days, and people here are very scared. UNHCR is relocating the most vulnerable to our Gathering and Departure Facility in a safer zone. As I’m speaking, I can hear there’s artillery fire going on – explosions – and we’re trying to move as quickly as possible.”

Since the clashes erupted in Libya’s capital, more than 3,400 Libyans have been displaced by the fighting with many others trapped in the crossfire, unable to flee for safety.

UNHCR urged the warring parties to respect international legal obligations in ensuring the safety of all civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to allow full, safe, unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to affected areas.

As part of its emergency response to the current violence, UNHCR said it has also pre-positioned aid in key locations in Tripoli and Misrata, strengthening its hotline services and ensuring the continuity of its assistance programs for refugees and displaced Libyans in urban settings.
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