Libya govt military advancing south, says spokesman

37,600 IDPs, 3,300 refugees trapped in centers

26 April, 16:40

    TUNIS - The military forces of the government recognized by the international community under Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj have advanced south and made gains in the direction of the Qasr Ben Ghashir area.

    The announcement was made by the military spokesman of the Libyan Government of National Accord, Mohammed Gnounou. He added that the government forces had attacked the Ain Zara area, 15 kilometers southeast of the center of the capital, and surrounded the rival militias that surrendered and handed over their weapons. The number of IDPs resulting from the most recent armed clashes has risen to 37,600 in Tripoli and the surrounding area, according to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA in an update on the situation.

    It added that UNHCR and IOM had evacuated 328 refugees and migrants on April 24 from the Qasr Bin Ghashir detention center after 12 people were injured by an armed group inside the center on the previous day. The operation was carried out thanks to support from Libyan authorities, UNSMIL and OCHA, which made it possible to create a humanitarian corridor to enable the transfer. OCHA noted that over 3,300 refugees and migrants were still trapped inside detention centers located in areas hit by fighting or in areas at risk of armed conflict, including about 1,000 children.

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