Report: Libyan authorities to vet African migrants

September 16, 2011 13:57

GENEVA - Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) is insisting on vetting 3,000 mainly sub-Saharan migrants stranded in the southern town of Sabha before they are evacuated abroad because it wants to ensure that none were mercenaries fighting for deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi, an aid agency said on Friday.

"We got the word from the NTC that they want to screen the migrants first before they allow us to evacuate them," Jumbe Omari Jumbe, spokesman of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), told a news briefing."We have to stop all the evacuation process for the time being because the NTC says they have to make sure of the migrants, to register them and to identify who is a real migrant and who is not," he said.

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