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176 asylum seekers evacuated from Libya to Rwanda

TRIPOLI The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday it evacuated 176 vulnerable asylum seekers from Libya to Rwanda on a humanitarian flight. “It was the second such flight to Rwanda this year, using the Emergency Transit Mechanism, the first having taken place in July,” the UN refugee agency said in a statement. Among those evacuees were several babies from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan, said the statement, adding that many of the asylum seekers were victims of trafficking or survivors of gender-based violence and other forms of abuse, with several just released from detention centres. UNHCR said it aims to help the asylum seekers to find durable solutions such as resettlement to third countries, voluntary return where it is possible, or local integration in Rwanda. (Agencies)