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Libya

Since the end of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011, Libya has been divided by armed conflict and the violence has escalated in recent years

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Libya has been renowned for the capricious 42-year rule of Colonel Muammar Gadaffi. Today, it is an embarkation point for people trying to reach Europe in search of a better life. 

Map of MSF's activities in Libya, 2015

Following years of conflict, a new UN-backed "unity" government was installed in Tripoli in 2016. It faces opposition from two rival governments and a host of militias.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first began working in Libya in 2011, when the country was plunged into chaos after fighting between rival factions caused people to flee their homes.

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MSF is calling for immediate humanitarian evacuation out of Libya for refugees and migrants exposed to the most imminent life-threatening risks, including those trapped in Tripoli detention centres.

We are calling for the immediate humanitarian evacuation out of Libya for refugees and migrants exposed to the most imminent life-threatening risks, including those trapped in Tripoli detention centres. Urgent solutions to end arbitrary detention must be found.

So far since the onset of the conflict, only 1,296 refugees have been moved out of the country, while almost 2,700 have been intercepted at sea, forced back to Libya in violation of international law, and put into the same dangerous conditions of detention from which UNHCR is trying to evacuate people.

More people are coming into Libya than are being evacuated out. People rescued at sea must not be sent back into this cycle of suffering on Libyan shores.

 

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