Libya detainees in harm’s way amid Tripoli battle

Libya rebels

Libya rebels. File photo

from AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, Libya
TRIPOLI, (CAJ News) MORE than 3 000 migrants and refugees detained in Libya face ever-increasing risks as deadly fighting in the capital Tripoli edges closer to detention centres.

On Wednesday, two detainees were injured after an airstrike hit a target less than 100 metres away from Tajoura detention facility.

More than 500 people are currently being held in Tajoura.

They were trapped inside and unable to flee to safety when the hostilities intensified.

“The risks are simply unacceptable at this point,” said Vincent Cochetel, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) special envoy for the Central Mediterranean.

“People inside detention centres in Tripoli are facing ever-increasing dangers, making it vital that we immediately move them out of harm’s way.”

Detention centres are also used for storing weapons and military equipment.

Since the onset of the conflict in Tripoli on April 4, at least 23 civilians have been killed. Four health workers are among the dead.

UNHCR has relocated over 1 200 persons from high-risk locations to safer areas.

However, some 3 460 refugees and migrants remain in detention centres near to conflict-affected areas.

No evacuations have taken place out of Libya since 146 people were relocated to Italy on April 29.

Libya has been ungovernable since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, which eventually led to his death.

Rival factions and governments are battling for control the North African country.

– CAJ News

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