93 asylum seekers evacuated from Libya to Italy: UNHCR
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The flight to Rome is one of five planned evacuation airlifts organised by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR.
The last evacuation flight to Italy was in 2019.
Those flown out of Tripoli on Thursday included "children, women at risk, survivors of violence and torture, and people with serious medical conditions", the UNHCR said.
"We are pleased to see these evacuation flights become a reality and that the Libyan authorities have supported them," Jean-Paul Cavalieri, the UNHCR's chief of mission in Libya, was quoted as saying in the statement.
"Conditions in Libya remain dire for many refugees," Cavalieri added, calling on the international community to open up other humanitarian routes.
Libya plunged into chaos and conflict after dictator Moamer Kadhafi was ousted in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011, becoming a crossroads for migrants south of the Sahara who were desperate to reach Europe.
Many of the migrants have been detained in the country, some of them in conditions condemned as deplorable by the UN and rights organisations.
The UNHCR also operated evacuation flights for those who wished to be resettled back in their home countries voluntarily.
On November 4, the agency evacuated 172 asylum seekers from Libya to Niger, as part of its emergency transit mechanisms, whereby they are hosted in the country until their refugee claims are processed.