Foreign Ministers of Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Chad, Mali, Sudan and Niger gathered in Algiers to discuss a solution to the conflict in Libya. All sides expressed agreement against foreign interference in the country.
The UN warns that nearly 48,000 people are in Libya, while thousands of others have been evacuated to neighbouring Niger. So far, 6,606 refugees have received a promise of permanent relocation in a third country.
Despite the tide turning in favor of President Bashar Assad’s regime, he says the conflict in Syria ‘is not yet over’. The war has killed more than 500,000 people, displaced at least 12 million, and left the country’s economy and infrastructure in ruins.
Hundreds of refugees from various African countries are fleeing their countries and using Libya as a transit point into Europe. Recently the UNHCR released over 260 refugees from the detention centres to be taken to Niger. In the meantime, the agency intends to find them permanent homes.