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UN to assist with repatriation of migrants in Libya

UN to assist with repatriation of migrants in Libya

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The United Nations special envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, has assured migrants in the country they will be repatriated.

Kobler was visiting the Abu Salim Detention Center in the country’s capital Tripoli on Thursday.

During the visit, the UN representative met with migrants from different parts of the continent who are living in deplorable conditions.

I'm shocked by the many people who are here on a very small space. There are no toilettes, there is no water and people are sick.

“I’m shocked by the many people who are here on a very small space. There are no toilettes, there is no water and people are sick,” said Kobler.

Meanwhile, Libyan officials detained over 100 migrants who wanted to travel to Europe through the Mediterranean.

“We detained 110 migrants from different African nationalities who were preparing to make their way to Europe,” said Libyan Brigadier Munsif Al Walda.

According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, almost 200,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by vessels this year.

Recently, the European Union Committee charged with overseeing the end of migrant smuggling in the Mediterranean said it is proving to be difficult.

In June 2015, the EU launched an operation dubbed ‘Sophia’ aimed at curbing migrant inflows. This was necessitated after a series of disasters in which hundreds of migrants drowned while trying to cross from Libya to Italy.

Since then, about 14,000 migrants have been rescued and more than 100 smuggler boats seized. Furthermore, dozens of suspected traffickers have been arrested by Italian authorities.

AFP, Reuters

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