The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has provided relief items to 84 families in Misurata, northwestern Libya, in cooperation with the Libyan Red Crescent, the UNHCR said Wednesday.
The relief items are part of the UNHCR’s efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance to the war-torn areas in the western region.
Responding to the Tuesday airstrike that hit a target less than 100 metres away from Tajoura detention centre, where over 500 refugees and migrants are sheltered, the UNHCR called upon refugees and migrants to “immediately” evacuate the detention centers in Tripoli’s conflict areas.
It said that after the tensions between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the forces loyal to the Government of the National Accord (GNA) have been escalated near Tajoura detention centre, more than 500 people have been trapped in the center.
“The risks are simply unacceptable at this point. People inside detention centres in Tripoli are facing ever-increasing dangers, making it vital that we immediately move them out of harm’s way,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean.
Since the eruption of the war in the Libyan capital, over 1,200 persons were relocated from high-risk locations to safer areas; however, around 3,460 refugees and migrants have been held in detention centres near to conflict-affected areas.