Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Libyan 'rape' victim arrives in Romania
A week after being deported from
, woman who said she was gang raped by Gaddafi troops lands at UN refugee centre. Qatar
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2011 14:49
A Libyan woman who said she was raped by troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, has landed at a UN centre in
Romania, a week after being deported back to Libya by Qatar, the UN refugee agency has said.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] said on Tuesday that Iman Al-Obeidi had been taken to a UN refugee transit centre in the western Romanian city of
"She is currently being cared for by UNHCR staff along with other refugees who have been evacuated from a number of difficult locations in the world," Machiel Salomons, UNHCR representative in Romania, said.
Salomons said al-Obeidi was evacuated from
Libya on Sunday by UNHCR staff and flown to Romania via , arriving at the refugee camp late that day. Italy
Claudia Liute, the UNHCR spokeswoman, said: "It is a delicate case and I can't say more. She will leave
in a maximum of six months." Romania
The UN centre is a temporary haven for refugees from around the world awaiting resettlement to a third country.
The announcement comes almost two days after Marwa al-Obeidi, Iman's sister, said that she was on her way to the
. Marwa has said that Iman wants to move to the US . US
Al-Obeidi spent nearly a month in
Qatar before authorities there forced her and her parents to board a flight last week to Benghazi in in violation of international law, the UNHCR said. Libya
having reportedly suffered bruises to her body. Qatar
Obeidi, 29, made headlines in March when she rushed into the Rixos Hotel in
, the Libyan capital, where most foreign correspondents were staying, and recounted her story of being stopped at a checkpoint, dragged away and gang-raped by Gaddafi troops. Tripoli
Her claims could not be independently verified.