About 1,500 migrants trapped in Tripoli, lives at risk - UNHCR

by Reuters
Friday, 12 April 2019 16:39 GMT

Members of Libyan internationally recognised pro-government forces ride in military vehicles on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Hani Amara

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The risks to refugees and migrants' lives are growing by the hour, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said

GENEVA, April 12 (Reuters) - About 1,500 refugees and migrants are trapped in detention centres by the Libyan conflict and the risks to their lives are growing by the hour, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday.

"These are people in the most vulnerable and dangerous of circumstances," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement, calling for them to be evacuated.

"They must be urgently brought to safety. Simply put, this is a matter of life or death."

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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