UNHCR: Woman at center of rape case leaves Libya

June 7, 2011 15:03


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GENEVA - A Libyan woman who said she was gang raped by pro-government militiamen has left her homeland again after being deported by Qatar last week, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Eman Al-Obaidi spent nearly a month in Qatar before authorities there forced her and her parents to board a flight last week to Libya's rebel-held Benghazi in violation of international law, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

In March, Obaidi burst into a Tripoli hotel and, weeping, made a plea for help to journalists there, saying she had been held for two days and raped by 15 militiamen loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The UNHCR said on Tuesday Obaidi was taken to a UN refugee transit center in the western Romanian city of Timisoara, the only one of its kind in Europe.

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