Five migrants shot dead in Libyan detention center amid mass escape | Libya
At least five migrants were shot dead in a Tripoli detention center amid a mass escape from the overcrowded facility.
Libyan security forces have detained more than 5,000 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, most of them from sub-Saharan Africa On a campaign last weekThe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said they were being housed in overcrowded and unsanitary detention centres.
international organization of immigration (International Organization for Migration) Head of Mission for Libya Federico Soda said that overcrowding in the Gut Schall detention center has led to chaos there, as people sleep in the open and various security forces are present.
“The shooting started,” he said, adding that at least five people were killed.
Several videos posted on social media, which Reuters could not immediately verify, showed dozens of people streaming through a gap in the fence, and larger numbers showed a march through the streets of Tripoli.
Two Tripoli residents said they saw large numbers of migrants running in the streets of that area.
Dozens of migrants were seen sitting on the ground surrounded by guards and said there was a very heavy security presence throughout the area and there were sporadic sounds of gunfire.
The United nations The UNHCR said earlier on Friday that it was increasingly concerned about the situation of migrants and refugees in Libya after more than 5,000 were arrested in the latest crackdown. Some detainees were alleged to have been subjected to severe physical and sexual violence.
“The raids, which also included the demolition of many unfinished buildings and temporary homes, created widespread panic and fear among asylum seekers and refugees in the capital,” it said in a statement.
On Monday, UN investigators said abuses against migrants and refugees in Libya They were “on a large scale… with a high level of organization and with state encouragement… suggestive of crimes against humanity”.
The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the number of people In the prisons of Tripoli More than tripled since Monday. “During the raids on their homes, many of the captives were reported to have been subjected to severe physical violence, including sexual violence,” Charity said in the current situation.
In one detention center, more than 550 women – some pregnant – and newborns were crammed into cells. About 120 guests participated in only one toilet.