UN urges shut-down of Libyan migrant detention centers

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In the latest announcement by the UN, all detention centers for refugees in Libya were to be shut down, since the facilities were not appropriate for house migrants. In a statement by the UN refugee agency, he even remarked the facilities in the center as ‘awful’.

The action is seen as a consequence to the incident that killed 50 people in an air strike which held a facility in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. The victims of the episode were commuting with the help of boats, they were mostly Africans who were on their way to Europe in order to escape the plight of conflict and poverty in their regions.

According to reports, thousands of migrants were been sheltered in the government-run detention centers across Libya. The living conditions were dire and the recent air strike only insinuated on the perilous facilities the refugees were living in.

As a result, the UN refugee agency took to the immediate decision of dismantling the refugee centers. The residing detainees will be rescued and moved into surrounding communities, as quoted by the agency in support of the community.

Report sources of the UN indicate its criticism towards European policies which favour return to Libya migrants, were rescued at the sea, in addition to stating that the country isn’t safe for them.

As stated by reports, about 120 migrants were placed in the hanger at Tajoura Detention Centre during the strike carried out on July 3. Among the victims, were women and children. In a statement by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, owing to the strike, he accused the Libyan National Army (LNA) for the incidence of air strike.

Alleged by reports, the LNA was also responsible for an attack on the pro-government camp. As per a statement by a UN official, the attack could constitute a war crime in return.

Libya has been one of the unfortunate violence-hit regions, it has faced savagery and division since the overthrow and death of its long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.