UN refugee agency provides food assistance for refugees in Libya’s capital

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TRIPOLI, LIBYA - MAY 13: People wait in line to get cleaning materials and food aid provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for irregular migrants and asylum seekers within the holy month of Ramadan in Tripoli, Libya on May 13, 2020. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
People wait in line to get cleaning materials and food aid provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for irregular migrants and asylum seekers within the holy month of Ramadan in Tripoli, Libya on May 13, 2020. /Getty Images

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said it provided food assistance for thousands of refugees in Libya’s capital Tripoli.

“In Libya, UNHCR joined forces with WFP (World Food Programme) to provide emergency food aid for thousands of vulnerable food-insecure refugees and asylum-seekers who have been impacted by conflict as well as the socio-economic impacts of the Coronavirus lockdown,” UNHCR tweeted Saturday.

“These food boxes have been a vital lifeline for some of the most food-insecure refugees and asylum-seekers, including those released from detention,” UNHCR said.

So far this year, the UN refugee agency has distributed more than 60,000 food parcels for vulnerable people in Libya.

A number of illegal immigrants have been stranded in Tripoli with no shelter after the Libyan authorities recently carried out raids and arrests against illegal immigrants in different parts of the capital city.

Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, making the North African country a preferred point of departure for illegal immigrants who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.

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