Libya: IOM condemns revenge murder of 30 migrants

At smuggling depot near Gharyan

29 May, 13:26

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, MAY 29 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has condemned the murder of 30 migrants who were shot dead on May 27 in a crime that involved a smuggler in Libya. The tragedy - IOM said in a statement - took place in a smuggling deposit in Mezda, near the city of Gharyan, south-west of Tripoli, where a group of migrants was located. Eleven migrants were injured and taken to the hospital. ''This crime is senseless and is a dark memory of the horrors that migrants must endure at the hands of traffickers in Libya'', said IOM mission chief in Libya Federico Soda. He added that ''these criminal groups are exploiting instability and the security situation to rob desperate people and exploit their vulnerability'' IOM asked Libyan authorities to investigate the crime. The UN agency's medical personnel sent some of the critically injured victims to clinics in the capital and is providing assistance.

    Medics said some of the migrants had been beaten and abused.

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