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Friday, July 5, 2019

NINE NIGERIANS KILLED IN AIR STRIKE ON LIBYA DETENTION CENTRE




The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says nine of its citizens were among those killed in a double air strike on a detention centre outside Tripoli, the capital of Libya.

Deaths from the attack which was carried out on the hapless civilians last Tuesday, has been reviewed to 53 from 44.

More bodies are still being pulled out of the rubble, indicating that the body count has not stopped.

Worst still, the United Nations said in a new report on the war crime that guards fired on migrants trying to flee the site of the explosion.

“There are reports that following the first impact, some refugees and migrants were fired upon by guards as they tried to escape.”  

“Humanitarian actors call for the immediate release of refugees and migrants from detention centres and for relocation to safe shelter,” the report added. Fathi Bashagha, Libya’s Minister of Interior, was quoted by the Libyan Observer, as saying that the government is considering closing all detention centres.

While people smugglers try to get migrants who are mainly from Nigerian and other Subsaharan African countries, to Europe in crammed rubber boats, Libyan coast guards funded by the European Union, intercept these dingy inflatable contraptions and return them to detention camps. With funding from the EU bloc, Libyans found a new venture in setting up deportation camps.

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