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UN evacuates hundreds of refugees out of Libya

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Amid violent clashes and a deteriorating security situation in Tripoli, the UN has called for the evacuation of vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers from the detention centres.

This came after clashes last month between Gen Khalifa Haftar’s rebels and pro-government groups.

The Guardian reported that last month a Libyan militia raided a detention centre, Qasr bin Ghashir, near Tripoli.

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The attack left at least two people dead and 20 injured after the refugees were being shot at indiscriminately by militias.

While detainees are being left without enough food and water with toilets and showers broken, the UN has also revealed that food and water are in short supply while conditions such as tuberculosis are rife.

Libya has been torn by violence and political instability since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.

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