IOM Carries Out Air Evacuations from Chad-Libyan Border as Increasing Number of Migrants Require Medical Care
IOM has this week begun an air evacuation of thousands of migrants
who have fled the conflict in Libya and who are now stranded in
remote areas in Northern Chad.
Some of the migrants who were brought to safety on the Italian
island of Lampedusa at the weekend say they witnessed a boat
carrying between 500-600 people foundering off the Libyan coast
late last week and bodies being washed ashore.
As thousands of people continue to flee the conflict in Libya on a
daily basis, there is increasing concern at the plight of mainly
Chadian migrants arriving in the remote northern desert towns of
Faya and Kalait.
About 800 people, including stranded migrants and up to 50 wounded
civilians have been rescued today by IOM from the Libyan city of
Misrata despite shelling and shooting in the port vicinity.
IOM is urgently appealing to all parties involved in the conflict
in Libya to allow its chartered Red Star One boat to dock at
Misrata port in order to rescue about 1,000 stranded migrants and
many badly wounded civilians.
A sixth IOM mission to rescue stranded migrants from the war-torn
Libyan port city of Misrata is today underway from the eastern city
Despite heavy shelling of the port area of the besieged Libyan city
of Misrata on Tuesday, about 935 migrants and Libyans have been
rescued and are now safely en route to Benghazi.
The IOM-chartered ship – the Red Star One –
sailed out of the Eastern Libyan city of Benghazi yesterday evening
and is due to arrive later his morning in the war-torn city of
Misrata to evacuate up to a thousand stranded migrants and wounded
The IOM-chartered ship- the Red Star One- sailed this
morning into Benghazi with another group of 995 stranded migrant
workers and wounded civilians evacuated from the war-torn Libyan
city of Misrata.
A fourth IOM-chartered ship – the Red Star One
– is expected to leave Benghazi within the next hour to
evacuate stranded migrant workers and wounded civilians from
Libya's besieged third city of Misrata.