MOGADISHU, Somalia – Up to 14 Somali nationals, who were held in Libyan prisons, have arrived in Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The migrants, all young men landed at Aden Adde airport in Mogadishu.
Somalia’s Special Envoy for Migrants and Children’s Rights, Mariam Yasim says the migrants were released from government controlled prisons in Libya.
The evacuation is jointly conducted by Somalia, IMO and UN refugee agency (UNHCR).
This is latest voluntary humanitarian return of migrants from Libya to Somalia.
The UN’s IOM plans to return around more other vulnerable Somali migrants in Libya back to Mogadishu.
However, nearly 200 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured in the most recent wave of fighting in Libya.
The offensive to take control of Tripoli launched by Khalifa Haftar, a military commander based in the east of the country, is now in its second month.
There are increasing fears of a bloody stalemate that could claim the lives of many more civilians and fighters.
The United Nations called for a week-long humanitarian truce