More than 640 migrants were evacuated from the Libyan port city of Benghazi by IOM yesterday, 3 March.
The migrants, all Bangladeshi, were taken in a road convoy by IOM and escorted by the Libyan Red Crescent to the Egyptian border crossing at Salum where IOM is providing humanitarian assistance including food, water, health care and other aid. IOM will then organize for their return home to Bangladesh in the days to come.
Another 300 migrants are being evacuated today, including 40 particularly vulnerable West African migrants. Fearing for their lives given the targeting of Sub-Saharan Africans and desperate to leave Libya, they had paid a human smuggler to take them to Egypt in a sealed and refrigerated truck.