Médecins Sans Frontières has withdrawn its staff from Libya’s port city of Benghazi as fighting between rebels and government-backed forces intensifies.

MSF teams have moved to Alexandria in Egypt, where they will continue supporting health facilities in Libya through the provision of medicines and other medical supplies, according to a March 15 news release from the organization.

Meantime, the U.N. refugee agency renewed its call for the safe passage of thousands of civilians seeking refuge from the violence in the country.

“We appeal again to all parties to ensure safe passage for all civilians fleeing violence,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said March 15. “Typically, we would expect to see significant numbers of injured people and women and children in a mass displacement of this nature, but so far our staff at the borders with Egypt and Tunisia have seen very few.”

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