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Three Sudanese migrants die after being shot by Libyan authorities when they attempted to flee by sea

July 28, 2020

Three Sudanese migrants have died and two others were injured when they were shot by the Libyan authorities when they tried to flee from the port of Joms after the boat they used to reach Europe was intercepted by the Libyan coast guard International Organization for Migration (IOM).

According to the IOM, the incident occurred on Monday evening. The Libyan coast guard intercepted the boat and brought it back to Libya. When the migrants reached Jums’ landing point, they tried to flee and the Libyan authorities opened fire on them to prevent this.

As a result, two migrants died and three others were wounded, although IOM later reported that one of the wounded died on the way to the hospital. The survivors were arrested.

Three Sudanese migrants die after being shot by Libyan authorities when they attempted to flee by seaThree Sudanese migrants die after being shot by Libyan authorities when they attempted to flee by sea

“The use of excessive violence has again led to senseless deaths,” said Federico Soda, head of the United Nations Organization mission in Libya.

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