NCHRL urges government to consider humanitarian situation at the Ras Ijdir border

NCHRL urges government to consider humanitarian situation at the Ras Ijdir border

July 11, 2021 - 15:21
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The National Commission for Human Rights has urged Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah to immediately end the suffering of Libyan citizens stranded at the Ras Ijdir crossing point with Tunisia after the government’s "sudden and ill-considered" decision to close the border with Tunisia.

In a statement Sunday, the committee noted with concern the difficult conditions experienced by the stranded travelers near the Ras Ijdir border crossing.

"Dozens of families spent their night in the open air, amid harsh conditions, not to mention the sick people, some of whom are in critical condition."

It also pointed out that several ambulances carrying dead bodies are being held at the border, waiting for permission to enter the country.

The Government of National Unity has closed the border with Tunisia over concerns about the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant.

However, the committee argues that the government took the step with no prior arrangements and without exception for emergency humanitarian and critical health cases.

Meanwhile, Libya's embassy in Tunisia held an emergency meeting at its HQ in the capital Tunis upon direct instructions from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Najla_Al-Manqoush to address the situation.

The embassy said it had formed an emergency committee to follow up on the conditions of the Libyan community and citizens stranded in Tunisia.