At least one migrant has been killed and 15 others injured as police raided several locations in Gargaresh Municipality west of Tripoli, Libya.
The UN Assistant Secretary-General Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Georgette Gagnon, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, October 2, expressed extreme concern about reports of the excessive use of force by police against migrants and asylum seekers in Tripoli.
The Friday’s raid carried out on houses and temporary makeshift shelters was a part of a security campaign against illegal migration, drug and liquor trafficking.
The area has seen several waves of security raids over the years, but the latest one was described as the fiercest so far.
The police rounded up about 4,000 illegal migrants of different nationalities during the operation, the Interior Ministry that led the campaign confirmed.
According to the Interior Ministry, the Attorney General gave orders for the raids after public outcry from the locals over the high rate of crime in the area.
The migrants were gathered in the Collection and Return Centre of Ghout Al-Shaal district, where they received medical assistance, said Col. Nouri al-Grettli, head of the centre, noting that they would pursue distributing migrants to other centres to reduce the overcrowding.