A major aid agency operating in Libya said on Friday it had reports that at least 500 migrants were arbitrarily detained during a security operation in Tripoli, announced by Libyan authorities.
Dax Roke, country director of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said in a statement: “We are hearing that more than 500 migrants, including women and children, have been detained, arbitrarily detained and subjected to abuse and abuse. There is danger.” .
Libya’s interior ministry said security services had launched a “massive security operation” against criminals, alcohol and drug dealers and illegal immigrants. Photos posted by the home ministry showed dozens of migrants sitting with their hands behind them or carrying them in vehicles.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants live in Libya, many hoping to try and cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach a better life in Europe.
There has been little peace or stability in Libya, however, since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled Moammar Gaddafi, and rights groups say migrants face threats of detention, extortion and abuse. Is.
Thousands of refugees and migrants are held in official detention centres, some controlled by armed groups. Unknown numbers are kept in illegal centers run by smugglers.