The United Nations has confirmed the deaths of a migrant and 15 others injured, two of them in serious condition, during the security operation carried out by Libyan forces on Friday in the west of the capital Tripoli, which killed more than 4,000 people.
During the operation in the Gargaresh district, “unarmed migrants were molested, beaten and shot at home,” including a young man of unknown nationality, says UN humanitarian coordinator for Libya, Georgette Gagnon.
Another five migrants were gunshot wounds and two of them are in serious condition in intensive care, according to the United Nations statement, which also confirms the number of 4,000 detainees, including women and children, according to reports from the Office of the Fight Illegal Migration from Libya .
The detainees are now being held, “many of them arbitrarily,” stresses the UN, in prisons of this facility, which are subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior.
“The United Nations reaffirms that the use of excessive and unjustified lethal force by security forces and police in law enforcement operations is a violation of national and international law,” said Gagnon.
The humanitarian coordinator calls on the Libyan authorities to “investigate reports of fatal and excessive use of force by security forces against migrants during operations”.