UNHCR calls for closure of immigration detention centers in Libya

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

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday called for the closure of detention centers for 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,” 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.

The eastern-based Libyan National Army, led by General Khalifa Haftar, and the UN-backed government have traded blame for the deadly attack.

The LNA has been waging a military campaign since early April to retake Tripoli from the government.

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

Libya has suffered from an escalation of violence and political instability since the fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.

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