United Nations calls for the release and evacuation of 5600 immigrants from accommodation centres in Libya

epa02699480 A Libyan pre-Gaddafi era flag is seen as a rebel fighter keeps watch at a check point in the town of Ajdabiya, Libya, 23 April 2011. According to a Foreign Ministry official, after weeks of fierce fighting with Benghazi-based rebels, Gaddafi's forces would withdraw from Misurata and the local tribes would be left to settle the issue, either by force or negotiations. The official said that locals in neighbouring communities around Misurata had given the Libyan Army an ultimatum to finish off the rebels quickly. When the deadline was not met, the tribes vowed to deal with the rebels themselves. Rebels say at least 1,000 have been killed in Misurata, Libya's third most populous city, about 200 kilometers east of Tripoli. The key rebel foothold in western Libya, it has been besieged by Gaddafi forces for eight weeks. EPA/VASSIL DONEV

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The United Nations called for the release of 5, 600 immigrants from accommodation centres in Libya and their evacuation to other countries.

It also stressed that it would not allow another tragedy, such as the air strike of the migrant shelter in Tajoura district of Tripoli.

Deputy spokesman of the United Nations Secretary-General, Farhan Haq emphasized the need to provide protection for migrants in Libya, or to evacuate them to other countries, underlining that protecting human life is a top priority.

He also pointed out that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Organization for Migration have appealed to the European and African Unions to prevent any further tragedy for migrants in Libya and that migrants must be repatriated voluntarily to their countries.

Via Libya Observer

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