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Thirty Eritreans fleeing Libya arrive in Romania

Tigrai Online
April. 21 2011

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Thirty Eritrean refugees fleeing the conflict in Libya arrived in the western Romanian town of Timisoara Wednesday pending their resettlement in third countries, a UNHCR official said.

The refugees were evacuated from a transit camp in the Tunisian town of Shousha, near the Libyan border, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Romania, Machiel Salomons, told a press conference.

The Eritreans will be housed at an emergency transit center here for up to six months pending their onward resettlement to third countries, most likely the United States.

The refugees had initially fled their native Eritrea in order to avoid compulsory military service.

But the UNHCR said that since the popular revolt erupted in Libya in mid-February 2011, African nationals have repeatedly been "physically abused or even killed" by Libyans angry over Moamer Gaddafi's reported use of sub-Saharan mercenaries to quash protests.