Libyan Civil War

250 stranded Bangladeshis moved to safe place

Staff Correspondent

19 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Some 250 Bangladeshis stranded in the conflict zone of Libya have moved to a safe zone.

The people were evacuated to a safe zone as they sought help, Ashraful Islam, first secretary of Bangladesh Embassy in Tripoli, told the media.

He added that the embassy sought help of the Libyan Red Cross to locate the stranded workers through GPS and rescue them from the fighting zone.

According to the Bangladesh Embassy in Libya, a total of 20,000 Bangladeshis are now staying in that country.

A fierce battle took place in Tripoli in recent times as Libyan National Army attempted to capture the capital and adjacent areas.

The Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar started a military offensive — “Operation Flood of Dignity” — to occupy the western region of Libya and eventually the capital Tripoli held by the UN Security Council-recognised Government of National Accord.

The military offensive began on April 4, just ten days before the hosting of Libyan national conference, for arranging presidential and parliamentary elections.

At least 180 Libyans were killed and more than 800 injured due to the military offensive.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Libya has advised all Bangladeshi nationals living in Tripoli—and its adjacent cities—to remain alert so as to avoid untoward incidents; because the government of the country has issued a state of alert.
The embassy also urged the Bangladeshi citizens to call its hotline phone numbers +218916994207, +218910013968 in any emergency situation.