UNHCR calls for closure of immigrant detention centres in Libya

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Migrants are seen at the Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency in Tajora shelter center in Tripoli, Libya April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
Migrants are seen at the Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency in Tajora shelter center in Tripoli, Libya April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday called for the closure of detention centers of illegal immigrants in Libya.

“We continue to call for the closure of all detention centers in Libya. 200 people were brought to Tajoura detention center,” the UNHCR tweeted.

Earlier in July, dozens of illegal immigrants were killed or injured in an attack on a reception center for illegal immigrants in the east of the capital Tripoli.

Both the east-based Libyan National Army, led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar, and the UN-backed government have exchanged accusations for the deadly attack.

The LNA has been leading a military campaign since early April to take over Tripoli from the government.

According to the World Health Organization, the fighting has so far killed more than 1,000 people and injured over 5,700 others, while more than 100,000 fled their homes because of the armed conflict.

Libya has been suffering from escalating violence and political instability ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.

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