‘No safe places’: aid group urges evacuation of migrants in Libya
MSF group slams migrant detention centre conditions, calls on EU to drop support for Libyan coastguard. (Al Jizz)
Thousands of refugees and migrants trapped in detention centres across Libya should be evacuated to Europe, the international medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said.
Rights groups have documented cases of abuse and torture in the Libyan centres, while a two-month conflict around the capital Tripoli has made the situation worse.
“There are no safe places in Libya to take these migrants and refugees in order to remove them from the risk of conflict,” Sam Turner, MSF head of mission in Libya said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“This is why we are urgently calling for their humanitarian evacuation”.
The North African country has been mired in turmoil since longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi was removed in 2011, with rival administrations based in different parts of the country vying for power.
Libya is also the main conduit for African migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe, with nearly 6,000 people confined in detention centres, according to MSF.