430,949 people have left Libya since the start of the unrest

3 April, 2011
A group of Libyan women walking through a near-deserted town on the Libyan border. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana
A group of Libyan women walking through a near-deserted town on the Libyan border. Credit: OCHA/David Ohana

Between 11,600 and 12,500 people remain stranded at transit points and camps along the Libyan border in Tunisia, Egypt, Niger, and Algeria. Since the start of the unrest, 430,949 people have left Libya, crossing into neighboring countries. Of this figure at least 87,900 were repatriated by IOM and another 3,368 are scheduled to depart by 6 April.

While numbers of those crossing the Libyan borders have been fluctuating in the past several days,  humanitarian partners report that the levels of assistance are sufficient to respond to the needs of those at transit points and camps.

Assessments by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are underway on the status of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Tripoli where the focus is on refugees and asylum seekers who are also third-country nationals. UNHCR also reported that investigations and assessments in other areas were also being conducted.

Media reports indicate that hundreds of people, primarily third-country nationals, are stranded in Misrata as hostilities continue between Qaddafi’s forces and opposition fighters. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is currently engaged in talks with the authorities to discuss the establishment of a presence in areas where hostilities are ongoing.

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