Deadly attack hits Tripoli migrant detention centre: Official

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03 July, 2019 in English News by BANA Mogdishu Office
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    Deadly attack hits Tripoli migrant detention centre: Official

    An air attack late on Tuesday hit a detention centre for mainly African migrants in the Tajoura suburb of the Libya's capital Tripoli, killing dozens, according to health and emergency officials.

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An air attack late on Tuesday hit a detention centre for mainly African migrants in the Tajoura suburb of the Libya's capital Tripoli, killing dozens, according to health and emergency officials.

"Health officials said they have picked up at least 35 bodies so far, and more bodies could be under the rubble,” said Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdel Wahed, reporting from Tripoli.

Wahed said that the centre housed about 150 migrants from different nationalities, most of them from African countries such as Sudan, Eretria and Somalia.

Centre officials blamed the raid on the forces of Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar, who has been fighting the internationally-recognised government based in Tripoli for the past three months.

"This is the not the first time that Haftar forces have targeted the centre. It came under attack in April when Haftar forces began their campaign to capture Tripoli,” Al Jazeera’s Wahed said.

"Military sources in the government say Haftar forces are committing war crimes by targeting civilians and residential areas.”

Inhuman conditions


Reuters reported at least 40 people killed and 80 others wounded in the strike quoting a health official, while emergency services spokesman Osama Ali told AFP nearly 40 people were killed.

Source: Al Jazeera



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