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On 24 and 25 April, UNHCR and IOM transferred over 650 refugees and migrants from Qaser Ben Gasheer detention centre to Azzawya detention centre, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior, partner LibAid and UN partners.
While they remain in detention, all refugees and migrants are now in a safer area, away from the frontlines, where UNHCR can access them. In the coming days, the most vulnerable will be identified for transfer to the Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF). All persons were evacuated from Qaser Ben Gasheer in southern Tripoli following alarming reports of armed violence being used against detainees. UNHCR deplores such acts in the strongest terms. Upon arrival to Azzawya, UNHCR provided counselling, registration core-relief items (CRIs) and medical assistance through its partner International Medical Corps (IMC). UNHCR continues to advocate for the release of refugees from detention and to call for humanitarian evacuations out of Libya.
Since the onset of the clashes, UNHCR has transferred over 1,200 vulnerable refugees from detention centres to the Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) and exceptionally to Azzawya detention centre. An estimated 3,332 refugees and migrants remain in detention centres in the proximity of clashes. UNHCR and its partner IMC, security permitting, continue to monitor detention conditions and assist those in need with medical assistance.
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees