7 Moroccans killed in airstrike in Libya

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-07 17:50:33|Editor: Wu Qin
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RABAT, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Seven Moroccan migrants were killed in an airstrike that hit a migrant center in Tajoura, east of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

A total of 18 Moroccan nationals were at the migrant center when it was hit by the airstrike, eight injured and three others reported missing, said a statement of the Moroccan Foreign Affairs Ministry late Saturday.

Morocco is working in coordination with the Libyan authorities for the evacuation of the wounded and the repatriation of the bodies, it said.

Libya is a main departure place for undocumented migrants from African and Arab countries trying to reach Europe by sea.

Many of them were stopped by the Libyan coast guards funded by the European Union and detained in detention centers in Libya.

An airstrike hit late Tuesday (local time) a center for migrants in Tajoura, about 15 km east of Tripoli's downtown, leaving at least 53 people dead, and 130 wounded according to health authorities.