Libya: migrants shot and killed in Sabratha, eye witnesses

Officials said they detained 350 people trying to reach Europe

07 October, 17:27

    SABRATHA - Two migrants were shot and killed by guards at a detention camp in Sabratha, Libya, hosting dozens of people in dire living conditions, eye witnesses have said. Trawaria, an 18-year-old migrant from the Ivory Coast, said she witnessed her 26-year-old being shot and killed on October 3.

    Another migrant at the facility, Rukaia, said men, women and children were all detained at the camp for nine days, without clean water. She said men were locked up in part of the camp and started to fight for water when the guards opened fire and fled.

    Rukaia and other migrants were reportedly taken to the center in Sabratha after the Joint Force of the interior ministry announced the detention of 350 African migrants who were about to leave for Europe through Ajilat and Jamil, 100 km west Tripoli.

    ''We asked for water, just water, their answer was 'wait, wait' with no action, everybody was very thirsty even me'', Rukaia said. ''That day I went to talk to the guards and I told them we needed to drink water, they promised to give us water but that wasn't true, I had to drink dirty water as I was dying of thirst.'' Rukaia went on to say that men were kept inside part of the facility in very hot weather: ''the temperature was boiling, they were very thirsty and they can't get outside not even to use toilets so they were doing everything inside. The guards passed over a tube through a little window to let the men drink water from''. She said men inside started to fight over the water: ''women were worried for their husbands inside so they started shouting to open the gate''. When a guard heard the noise ''he faced the gate and started shooting'', she said. ''He knew that there were people behind the door, he aimed at that door with his Kalashnikov and fired three times''. She said three people were shot ''including Trawaria's husband'' and two died.

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