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Dhaka: Nearly 300 Bangladeshis in Tripoli secured

  • Published at 02:26 am April 18th, 2019
Tripoli, Libya
A hole made by an exploded missile is seen near a vehicle damaged by an overnight shelling in Abu Salim district in Tripoli, Libya April 17, 2019 REUTERS

Around 5,000 Bangladeshis currently live in the Libyan capital and its nearby areas

Nearly 300 Bangladeshis have been moved to safe places from parts of Libyan capital of Tripoli and its outskirts, where armed conflicts have intensified.

“There are around 5,000 Bangladeshis in Tripoli and nearby areas. We have already evacuated around 300 people from conflict zones,” a Foreign Ministry official told Bangla Tribune on Wednesday.

Any casualties involving Bangladeshi citizens are yet to be reported, said the official, before adding: “The embassy has opened a hotline and is providing all kind of supports for citizens.”

Responding to a query on the situation in Benghazi, the official said: “Bangladeshi citizens there are safe as the fighting is now in Tripoli and its outskirts.”

Commander Khalifa Haftar and his eastern Libyan forces have cast their advance as part of a campaign to restore order and defeat jihadists in nation gripped by anarchy since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

But the internationally-recognised Tripoli government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj — which has kept him at bay in the southern suburbs — views the 75-year-old general as a dangerous would-be dictator in the Gaffafi mould.

The United Nations says thousands of civilians are trapped in southern districts of Tripoli due to the fighting.

Rescuers and aid workers are struggling to reach them and electricity, water supplies and telecommunications have been badly disrupted.

Dhaka says it’s closely monitoring the situation. “We will repatriate the Bangladeshis, if the situation deteriorates,” said the Foreign Ministry official.

The government with the help of international agencies had repatriated about 40,000 Bangladeshis from the North African country in 2011 when the conflict between Gaddafi and his opposition broke out.