UN refugee agency says Libya releases 350 migrants from detention center

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-10 04:56:59|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TRIPOLI, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Higher Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said the Libyan Interior Ministry had released 350 illegal migrants from a detention center in east of the capital Tripoli.

"We thank the Libyan Ministry of Interior for releasing refugees and migrants from Tajoura detention center. 350 people were still at risk in Tajoura and now free," the UN agency said.

"UNHCR will provide assistance through its urban response program Refugees," UNHCR added.

An attack hit the center a few days ago, killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 130 others.

The government accused the rival eastern-based army of carrying out the attack, which the army strongly denied and in return accused the government of it.

The army has been leading a military campaign to take over the capital from the government since early April, which killed and injured hundreds of people.

Migrant shelters in Libya are crowded with thousands of migrants who have been rescued at sea or arrested by Libyan security services.

Libya has been suffering escalating violence and political instability ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.