Libya: More than 150 migrants freed in raid on traffickers


Security forces arrested six traffickers who stored a house-turned-prison in Kufra and referred them to prosecutors.

Libyan authorities say they’ve raided a secret jail in a southeastern metropolis utilized by human traffickers and freed finally 156 African migrants – together with 15 girls and 5 kids.

The raid within the metropolis of Kufra passed off on February 16 after a migrant managed to flee a house-turned-prison final week and reported to authorities that he and different migrants have been held and tortured by traffickers there, the Kufra safety bureau stated.

Security forces arrested at the least six traffickers and referred them to prosecutors for additional investigation on Sunday, it stated.

The rescued migrants, who have been from Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan, have been taken to a shelter the place they got meals, garments and blankets.

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The raid exhibits the perils that refugees and migrants face in conflict-stricken Libya, which has emerged as an integral transit level for African and Arab migrants fleeing battle and poverty to Europe.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 rebellion that toppled and killed longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi. The nation is cut up between an internationally recognised authorities primarily based within the capital, Tripoli, and a rival administration within the nation’s east.

Traffickers have exploited the chaos and infrequently pack determined households into ill-equipped rubber boats that stall and founder alongside the perilous Mediterranean route.

Thousands have drowned alongside the way in which, whereas others have ended up detained in squalid smugglers’ pens or crowded detention centres.