116 refugees considered "vulnerable", including several babies born in refugee detention centres in Libya, were evacuated to Rwanda on UNHCR organised flights. The group landed in Rwanda, where they were taken to a facility, and given food, medical care and other support. There are still thousands of refugees at risk in Libya, according to the UNHCR envoy to the region, as violence across the country continues.
Most of the refugees were from Eritrea, as well as other parts of Eastern Africa. Most were under 18. They were given an "asylum seeker" status as their cases are assessed. Some will be resettled in new countries, others will receive asylum, others will return to their countries of origin voluntarily, in places deemed safe, and some will resettle in Rwanda, according to the UN.
The UNHCR has, so far, evacuated 2,141 refugees and asylum seekers from Libya in 2019 alone.