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Migrants face tough conditions in Libyan detention after crackdown

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TRIPOLI, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Hundreds of migrants in Libya’s Ain Zara detention centre live in fundamental conditions, sleeping on mattresses in the open air after a crackdown that rights teams have condemned.

Libya is house to almost 600,000 migrants, in accordance with U.N. figures. Most are from sub-Saharan Africa, some attracted by the prospect of labor in the oil-rich nation regardless of years of battle and chaos, whereas others see it as a jumping-off level for journey on to Europe.

Over the previous two weeks, authorities in Tripoli have arrested 1000’s of them and held them in detention centres in a crackdown that has resulted in a number of deaths. learn extra

Guards and Libyan officers at Ain Zara say they supply the migrants there with meals, shelter and medical care, however migrants stated lots of them lacked provides and so they remained very fearful.

“We are providing assistance, from medical care and humanitarian aid to beds, blankets and all necessary medical supplies,” stated detention centre head Ziad Amer.

More than 1,000 migrants had been delivered to Ain Zara in current days, together with many kids, he added.

Crouched in rows on the bottom, migrants waited to register with the United Nations refugee company. Others lay on skinny mattresses in the open air subsequent to a naked concrete wall, some with blankets.

“The situation became terrifying for us. Even now, even though we are in a safe place and everything, we are honestly still very afraid,” stated 24-year-old Abdel-Alim Hassan, from Eritrea. He had beforehand been held for months in what he known as “inhumane conditions”.

It could be very uncommon for worldwide media to have any entry to Libya’s migrant detention centres to report on conditions.

Another Eritrean man, Mansour Hamed, stated he had additionally been badly handled throughout a earlier interval of detention. In Ain Zara, migrants lacked fundamental provides, he stated.

“There is nothing,” he stated.

The United Nations kids’s company UNICEF on Tuesday stated round 250 kids, together with dozens of infants, had been among the many 1000’s detained in the current crackdown. They confronted “immediate risk” in Tripoli detention centres, UNICEF stated.

Libya’s Government of National Unity has stated it’s “dealing with a complex issue in the illegal migration file, as it represents a human tragedy in addition to the social, political and legal consequences locally and internationally”.

Reporting by Reuters Libya newsroom, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Giles Elgood

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A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) staff member registers migrants inside a detention centre at Ain Zara, in Tripoli, Libya, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed

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