6,588 refugees, migrants rescued by Libyan Coast Guard as of Aug 5

6,588 refugees, migrants rescued by Libyan Coast Guard as of Aug 5

Tripoli (UNA-OIC) – As of 5 August, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has registered 6,588 refugees and migrants as rescued/intercepted at sea by the Libyan Coast Guard and disembarked in Libya.

On 1 August, a total of 149 individuals disembarked in two operations at the Tripoli Naval Base and Al-Zawiya, 45 kilometers west of Tripoli, the UN refugee agency said in a statement published on its official website on Friday.

There are currently 46,823 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Libya, comprising 45 percent men, 22 percent women and 33 per cent children, according to the statement.

Presently, some 2,500 refugees and migrants are being held in detention centers in Libya, UNHCR affirmed, saying that it continues to advocate for an end to detention and the orderly release of all refugees into the urban community.

So far this year, UNHCR and partners conducted 180 monitoring visits to detention centers in Libya to provide counseling, medical and material assistance, register refugees and asylum-seekers and identify the most vulnerable for durable solutions, added the statement.

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