Cairo A major crackdown in western Libya has detained 4,000 migrants, including hundreds of women and children, officials said on Saturday.
The attack took place on Friday in the western city of Gargres, in what officials described as a security operation against illegal immigrants and drug trafficking. The Home Office, which led the action, did not mention the smugglers and the arrest of the smugglers.
Officials said 500 illegal immigrants were detained on Friday, but added that their number had risen to 4,000 on Saturday.
Known as a center for immigrants and refugees, Garglesh is about 12 km (7.5 mi) west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The city has seen several waves of migrant raids over the years, but activists have described the latest as the most intense.
Since the NATO-backed uprising of 2011, which deported and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has escaped war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East and has been a staple for migrants hoping for a better life in Europe. is the transit point. as emerged. Smugglers have benefited from the turmoil in oil-rich countries and have smuggled migrants across long borders with six countries. Then they pack desperate migrants into inflatable rafts on a perilous journey through the dangerous central Mediterranean route.
Police Colonel Naurial-Gretley, who is responsible for the center, said the detainees were gathered at a facility called the Collection and Return Center in Tripoli.
He said the migrants were distributed to detention centers in and around Tripoli. According to rights activists, Libya’s detention facilities are a miserable place with migrants suffering abuse and severe abuse.
Government officials said officials would deport as many of the migrants to their country as possible. He said that many of the detainees have been living illegally in Libya for many years. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to brief the media.
Tariq Lamloom, a Libyan activist working with the Beladi Organization for Human Rights, said the attack included human rights abuses against the migrants, especially the way some women and children were detained. He did not elaborate.
Lamloom said many of the detained migrants were registered as refugees or asylum seekers with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Hundreds of migrants were seen in pictures posted on social media on Friday. The home office sat in the garden against the background of the collection and return center banner.
Other images of Gargaresh, intended to show immigrants, show them with their hands tied behind them. An aerial photograph shows a man lying on the ground at a crossroads, surrounded by military trucks and guards.
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Libyan immigration total reaches 4,000 in one major crackdown
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