October 17, 2021

Several migrants have been shot dead in a Libyan detention center.

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said guards shot dead six refugees at a crowded Tripoli detention center on Friday.

Shooting Exploded and six. Refugee Killed yesterday. He was shot by guards. ” A. Of the agency Libya Chief Federico Soda told AFP.

“We don’t know what caused the incident today, but it has to do with the crowded and horrific, extremely tense situation at the capital’s Albany facility,” he said.

At least 20 other migrants were injured, he added.

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the killings came after large-scale raids in Tripoli, mostly targeting illegal immigrants, killed at least one person. , 15 injured and 4,000 in custody.

Libyan authorities last Friday and Saturday labeled the wave of detentions as part of anti-drug raids on homes and temporary shelters in Gergarsh, a poor suburb of Tripoli.

Soda said the ultra-protective Albany Center, with a capacity of 1,000, now houses 3,000 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, with one-third of them on the ground outside the building.

The guards fired in the air during the week to control previous incidents, he said, adding that many fled in chaos.

He said his detention was arbitrary and indiscriminate. “There are people who have legal documents but they are stuck in the country.”

A video posted on social media, filmed from a car, shows hundreds of people climbing a metal fence and running across the street.

AFP was unable to immediately confirm the footage.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said early Friday that it was “deeply concerned” about the humanitarian situation for asylum seekers and refugees in Libya.

“Following a large-scale security operation by Libyan authorities over the past week, arrests and raids have been carried out in several areas of Tripoli, targeting asylum seekers and migrants,” he said. Live. “

Especially since Libya fell into violence after the 2011 revolution, it has become an important departure point for thousands of migrants, especially from sub-Saharan Africa, hoping to reach Europe.

According to the United Nations and rights groups, government centers for detained migrants in war-torn Libya are rife with corruption and violence, including sexual assault.

Human traffickers have taken advantage of the country’s years of turmoil to trade lucratively but brutally.

(AFP)

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