UN provides aids to internally displaced from Libya's Tawergha

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TRIPOLI, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Saturday provided essential aids to the internally displaced from Libya's Tawergha in the capital Tripoli, one week after they were forcefully evicted from their camp by gunmen.

The UN migration agency distributed "essential items to displaced Tawerghan families evacuated from Trig Al Matar" in coordination with humanitarian and local partners, IOM said.

Last week, gunmen stormed Tawerghan displaced people's camp in Tripoli, kidnapped dozens of men, and forcefully evicted their families, according to the Association of the Families of Martyrs, Missing Persons, Detainees and Victims of Tawergha.

The UN Support Mission in Libya on Friday condemned eviction of the Tawerghans, calling on the Libyan authorities to "provide shelter and protection for the evicted displaced, save those arbitrarily detained, and bring those suspected of having committed crimes to justice without delay."

During the 2011 uprising, some residents of Tawergha allied with the forces of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi against the rebels in the nearby Misurata City. They fled to other cities in Libya after Gaddafi's regime was toppled.

The return of Tawerghans, which was scheduled on Feb. 1, was halted after armed groups from Misurata denied them entrance.

Earlier in June, Misurata and Tawergha, only 40 km apart, signed a peace treaty which allows nearly 40,000 Tawerghans to return home after seven years of displacement. Enditem

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