(ANSA) – TRIPOLI, OCTOBER 09 – Hundreds of people held a sit-in in Tripoli, Libya, in front of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which this week temporarily suspended its activity due to increasing migratory pressure.
In front of the UNHCR building, dozens of migrants and refugees, including small children, have been sleeping on the ground for several days in the hope of being assisted. “For our safety, we ask to be evacuated,” is written on a banner. “Libya is not a safe country for refugees”, reads another.
Last weekend the Libyan authorities launched a raid in a poor suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where mainly migrants and asylum seekers live, arresting almost 5,000 people but also causing one death and at least 15 injuries according to the UN. The operation was officially carried out in the name of the fight against drug trafficking.
“We are at the end of the line,” says a woman who has fled from one of the many detention centers that are the scene of violence and ill-treatment.
“They attacked us, humiliated us, many of us were injured,” he said. “We are all extremely tired. But we have nowhere to go, we are even thrown off the sidewalks.”
According to IOM “there are almost 10,000 migrants trapped in difficult conditions in Libyan detention centers”. The UN agency then confirmed the killing of 6 migrants yesterday during an escape attempt. According to a Libyan undersecretary – local media report – about two thousand migrants managed to escape. (HANDLE).
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