Fifty-six (56) South Sudanese asylum seekers stranded in Libya fighting

The state of Libya marked in red (File photo)

September 4th 2018 (Nyamilepedia)  – Fifty-six South Sudanese asylum seekers have been caught up in the ongoing conflict in Libya according to a new report released by the United Nations Refugee Agency,  the UNHCR.

Libya descended into a bloody civil war in 2011 following the fall of long-time dictatorship of Col. Muamar Gadafi who was killed that year and since then, the country became one of the gateways for refugees fleeing violent in Africa to seek safety on Europe.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have identified and documented at least 56 South Sudan nationals among other asylum-seekers who have been caught up in the ongoing civil war in Libya.

In August, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), together with the International Organization for Migrations (IOM), in collaboration with the Libyan Department for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM), conducted an evacuation of more than 200 migrants mostly Ethiopians who were trapped in Ain Zara detention centre in the nation’s capital Tripoli.

Efforts by regional and international community to bring the country’s ongoing civil war to an end have not succeeded with many factions controlling different Libyan city.

On Monday the UN-backed Libyan Government based in the capital Tripoli imposed a state of emergency in the capital and its vicinity as the war rages on as rebel fighting groups were gaining ground against the Government in the capital.

In recent days, the Ministry of Health said, military confrontations between the rival forces have claimed lives of 96 people from both sides.