UNSMIL calls for ensuring safe return of Tawerghans

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya on Friday voiced its disapproval over the barring of Tawergha families from returning home.

The internally displaced residents of Tawergha, who have been living in camps and makeshift housing across Libya, faced threats and extortion while making their way to their hometown on Thursday, a UNSMIL statement said.

In December, Libya’s U.N.-backed government based in Tripoli said Tawergha families would be able to return to their hometown in February following a reconciliation deal with representatives from Tawergha and Misrata city, which fought on opposing sides during 2011 February revolution.

UNSMIL called for the implementation of the deal and the return of Tawergha residents to their town.

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