Libya: UNHCR is saddened about the tragic truck accident and rushes help to survivors

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Libya deplores the tragic truck accident near Bani Waleed, which left 19 refugees dead and 49 others injured on Wednesday, 14 February.

The smuggler’s truck reportedly drove into a large hole in the road and lost its balance being heavily overloaded with 180 people on board. The smugglers were transporting the group from As Saddadah to Tarhuna. Many of the surviving refugees and migrants were recaptured by the smugglers after the accident and remain in an unknown location.

Since the accident, UNHCR has been coordinating with authorities and local partners on the ground to ensure all necessary assistance is made available. Six individuals who are suffering from multiple injuries have been transferred to Tripoli, where UNHCR is supporting them with medical care in a private hospital. UNHCR and its partner International Medical Corps are responding to the critical health conditions of an additional 18 patients in hospitals.

“We are saddened by this very tragic event that has taken the life of many vulnerable refugees and migrants. We will do everything we can to support the survivors,” said Roberto Mignone, UNHCR Representative to Libya.

UNHCR reiterates the call for resettlement spaces for vulnerable refugees in Libya. Only 16,940 resettlement places have been received so far for the 15 priority countries of asylum along the Central Mediterranean route, including Libya and Niger.

For more information on this topic, please contact: Paula Barrachina Esteban, barrachi@unhcr.orgbarrachi@unhcr.org, + 216 20 697 641 and +218 91 001 7553 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Libya deplores the tragic truck accident near Bani Waleed, which left 19 refugees dead and 49 others injured on Wednesday, 14 February.

The smuggler’s truck reportedly drove into a large hole in the road and lost its balance being heavily overloaded with 180 people on board. The smugglers were transporting the group from As Saddadah to Tarhuna. Many of the surviving refugees and migrants were recaptured by the smugglers after the accident and remain in an unknown location. Since the accident, UNHCR has been coordinating with authorities and local partners on the ground to ensure all necessary assistance is made available. Six individuals who are suffering from multiple injuries have been transferred to Tripoli, where UNHCR is supporting them with medical care in a private hospital. UNHCR and its partner International Medical Corps are responding to the critical health conditions of an additional 18 patients in hospitals.

“We are saddened by this very tragic event that has taken the life of many vulnerable refugees and migrants. We will do everything we can to support the survivors,” said Roberto Mignone, UNHCR Representative to Libya.

UNHCR reiterates the call for resettlement spaces for vulnerable refugees in Libya. Only 16,940 resettlement places have been received so far for the 15 priority countries of asylum along the Central Mediterranean route, including Libya and Niger.

For more information on this topic, please contact: Paula Barrachina Esteban, barrachi@unhcr.orgbarrachi@unhcr.org, + 216 20 697 641 and +218 91 001 7553

Source:https://reliefweb.int/report/libya/libya-unhcr-saddened-about-tragic-truck-accident-and-rushes-help-survivors

 

 

 

 

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