UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has estimated the number of internally displaced people in Libya due to violence and armed clashes to more than 300,000.
“More than 440,000 displaced people have returned to their homes over the past years,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Sunday evening, the official Libyan news agency of the Wefaq government.
More than 44,000 irregular migrants and asylum seekers are registered in Libya.
Since November 2017, 9,892 migrants have arrived in Italy, mostly via irregular migration boats.
UNHCR has evacuated more than 5,000 migrants from Libya, and has resettled 760 of them in countries other than their countries of origin, since November 2017, without revealing the fate of the rest of the migrants.
UNHCR, in cooperation with the International Medical Corps and the Italian humanitarian organization Cesfi, has also released 1,689 migrants from detention centers in Libya this year, 116 of them from the Sekka Road detention center in the Libyan capital Tripoli. They have financial aid and basic relief items.
Since April 4, Khalifa Hifter’s forces have launched an armed offensive to seize the capital Tripoli, the seat of the internationally recognized government of reconciliation, which has mobilized to repel the attack.
Since 2011, Libya has been plagued by a struggle for legitimacy and power that is currently centered between the Wefaq government and Hifter’s forces.
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