Libya to close three migrant detention centres

Libya to close three migrant detention centres

Libya plans to shut down three of its biggest migration detention centres, the country's Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha has announced. The centres in question are in Misrata, Tajoura and Khoms. It follows criticism that migrants were being returned to Tajoura after it was hit by a deadly missile attack in July. Tajoura Detention Centre is also close to the fighting between the UN-recognised government in the capital, Tripoli, and the Benghazi-based Libyan National Army which has vowed to take over the city.   Via BBC
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Migrants in Tripoli go on hunger strike

Migrants in Tripoli go on hunger strike

  More than 360 people on Tuesday participated in a hunger strike that started over the weekend at the Tajoura migrant detention center on the outskirts of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 1,000 people have been killed and over 5,500 injured since fighting in Tripoli broke out in April. According to a Libyan migration official, migrants being held at the Tajoura center said they want the UN to guarantee their safety after two airstrikes hit the facility last Tuesday, killing more than 50 people and wounding another 130. Mahmoud Taweer,…
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Six children among 53 confirmed fatalities after Libya detention centre airstrikes

Six children among 53 confirmed fatalities after Libya detention centre airstrikes

The toll from last Tuesday’s reported airstrikes on a detention centre in the suburbs of Tripoli has risen to 53 dead and more than 130 injured among the “severely traumatized” surviving migrants and refugees, UN aid agencies said, reiterating their appeal to close all such facilities in the embattled country. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Joel Millman from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said that six children were among the fatalities at the Tajoura site, where the more than 600 detainees came from at least 17 mainly African States. Some 350 migrants - among them 20 women and four…
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