Humanitarian spokeswoman says UN staff is leaving Tripoli

10:49, May 02, 2011      

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UN staff is leaving the Libyan capital of Tripoli, a spokesperson for the global organization's humanitarian office told Xinhua on Sunday.

Stephanie Bunker, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that international staff was pulling out of Tripoli "due to unrest in the city."

She said that there were originally eight UN international staff members in Tripoli, but that this number may very well have changed before the decision was made to have them leave. Libyan nationals on the UN's staff will remain in the North African country, Bunker said.

Aside from Tripoli, the UN has deployed staff to the city of Benghazi, the stronghold of the rebel forces.

Bunker told Xinhua that the staff in Benghazi will remain where they are.

Though it is impossible to know when UN staff will be able to return to Tripoli, Bunker said that in such cases the UN will " examine the situation continually and make the determination about when they can return."

Source: Xinhua
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