UNHCR calls for closure of immigrant detention centre in Libya

Migrants in Libya

Immigrants in Libya

Immigrants in Libya

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday called for closure of detention centre of illegal immigrants in Libya.

“We continue to call for the closure of all detention centres in Libya. Over 200 people were brought to Tajoura detention centre,’’ the UNHCR tweeted.

According to report by Xinhua, in July, dozens of illegal immigrants were killed or injured in an attack on a detention centre for illegal immigrants in the east of the capital Tripoli.

Both of the east-based army and the UN-backed government have exchanged accusations for the deadly attack.

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The army has been leading a military campaign since April to take over Tripoli from the government.

According to the World Health Organization, the fighting has so far killed more than 1,000 people and injured over 5,700 others, while more than 100,000 fled their homes because of the armed conflict.

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