Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
Last updated 1 minute ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
Migrants trapped in Libya detention centres
August 30, 2018
 Print    Send to Friend

TUNIS: Hundreds of migrants have been abandoned without food or water in government-run detention centres in the Libyan capital after guards fled from clashes between rival armed groups in the past few days, aid workers said on Wednesday.

Tripoli has been shaken since the weekend by fighting between rival groups vying for power and state funds, a recurring theme in the North African country since the messy overthrow of Muammer Qadhafi in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising.

Some 400 people were abandoned in the Ain Zara detention centre run by the UN-backed government, one aid worker said, asking not to be identified.

Ain Zara in southern Tripoli is part of a network of state facilities where Libya holds migrants intercepted by the coastguard while trying to reach Italy by boat with the help of human traffickers.

“There are about 400 people locked in the Ain Zara detention centre, among them 200 men and 200 women and 20 children under five years without food and water,” the aid worker said. “The guards of the centre have fled due the current clashes in the city.” A source at an international organisation said some 1,500 migrants had been originally trapped in three detention centres. Some had escaped, while others had been transferred to detention centres in safer areas.

Libya is the main departure point in North Africa for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, mainly from other parts of Africa. The numbers have fallen since Italy provided the coast guard with more boats and brokered deals with local groups in a smuggler hub last year.

There was no immediate comment from the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) which formally is in charge of Libya but in reality is not even in full control of the capital.

Residents said there was more fighting going on in several parts of Tripoli on Wednesday, including in the area of Tripoli International Airport, which has been closed since 2014 by fighting between militia groups.

Tripoli’s big armed groups claim to have official status through the GNA, but act with autonomy. A rival government is based in the east.


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Post a comment
Related Stories
15 migrants die in boat off Libya: Survivor
MISRATA: Fifteen migrants have died in a boat off the Libyan coast after spending 12 days at sea without food or water, an Egyptian survivor said on Tuesday. Only 10 m..
Dozens of migrants forced off boat in Libya after standoff
TRIPOLI: Dozens of migrants have been forced off a cargo vessel by Libyan authorities after refusing to disembark over fears of abuses, in a move decried on Wednesday by ..
Migrants hole themselves up in Misrata ship
MISRATA: Dozens of migrants have barricaded themselves in a container ship in the Libyan port city of Misrata for the past five days, after being picked up at sea, and re..
Libya rejects EU’s proposals on migrants
VIENNA: Libya and its north African neighbours are opposed to the EU’s plan for “regional disembarkation platforms” to stem the flow of migrants entering the bloc, Tripol..
Civilian migrant rescue ship heads for Libyan waters
ROME: A new migrant rescue ship was headed for the waters off Libya on Thursday after similar vessels were prevented from trying to rescue people seeking to make the peri..
Advertise | Copyright