In Libya, a major anti-drug operation was carried out on Friday, October 1, in Tripoli. Libyan police arrested a large number of migrants on the outskirts of the capital. In a statement, the Attorney General explains that these people are suspected of being involved in trafficking in “drugs, alcohol and firearms”. NGO The Norwegian Refugee Council condemns an operation that primarily aims to arrest migrants and refugees.
The head of the transitional government, Abdelhamid Dbeibah, greeted “Heroes of the Interior” on Twitter after this police operation.
“This is one of the biggest arrests of migrants we have seen in Libya in recent years,” Dax Roque, director of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Libya, reported by telephone.Gaelle Laleix, from the African editorial office: almost 4,000 migrants have been arrested in the last two days in Libya.
“Among those arrested are already registered refugees. We also know that there are women, some of whom are pregnant, and children. Pictures circulated on social media of dozens of people, handcuffed, removed. This is not the first time that Libya has arrested a significant number of migrants. During the year, refugees are held in custody. And it should be noted that their storage conditions are deplorable: the centers are overcrowded and unhealthy.
We therefore call on the Libyan authorities to release the detained migrants. And we also ask the countries, especially European countries that have close ties with Libya, to raise their voices on this issue because we all know that the refugee situation in Libya has been worrying for too long. “
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Since the fall of the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi In 2011, the country became a preferred route for tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe. Libya has also become a living hell for the candidates for exile. Evidence of torture, forced labor, assault and rape in official detention centers is abundant. In June last year, NGO MSF therefore decided to leave the migrants in al-Mabani and Abu Salim in Tripoli and condemn an ”unbearable” situation.
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