IOM condemns killing of illegal immigrants in Libya’s detention center
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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has condemned the killing of illegal migrants at a detention center in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
“The IOM condemns Friday’s murder and the use of live rounds against migrants protesting the appalling conditions in custody,” the agency said in a statement.
The IOM said six illegal immigrants were killed and at least 24 others were injured at Tripoli’s Mabani detention center.
However, the Libyan interior minister denied the six deaths, confirming that only one person was accidentally killed while leaving the centre.
Libya has been mired in insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, making the North African country a favorite point of departure for illegal immigrants who want to cross the Mediterranean to European shores.
People released and arrested in Libya live in overcrowded centres, despite repeated international calls for their closure.
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First Published : 10 Oct 2021, 03:20:01 PM