Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Six nations call for immediate end to fighting in Libya

Six nations call for immediate end to fighting in Libya

The French government has since said those weapons had been purchased from the U.S. and were not intended for sale or purchase by any party in Libya.

The United Nations has called for the dismantling of all detention centers for refugees in Libya, saying the facilities are not fit to house migrants.

Outside of the detention centres, approximately 50,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers, as well as some 800,000 migrants are now living elsewhere in the country, according to the UN's refugee agency. This sentiment is echoed in an earlier press briefing, in which a spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville stated that the U.N. was "deeply concerned about the ghastly conditions in which migrants and refugees are being held in detention in Libya". It tries to evacuate refugees and asylum seekers from Libya, though the process is slow.

Also on Tuesday, the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, met UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi to discuss ways to end the fighting in Libya, the UN Support Mission in Libya said in a tweet.

Some 120 migrants were inside a hangar at the Tajoura Detention Centre when it was hit on 3 July, with women and children among the 50 fatalities.

Catherine Woollard, Secretary General of European Council on Refugees and Exiles, said: "The IOM, UNHCR, African Union and the shipping industry can all use their leverage to get European states on board".

"We continue to call for the closure of all detention centers in Libya".

In March this year, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty published a "plan of action" for a Mediterranean rescue system, with a proposal for a temporary system to ensure that people rescued at sea are promptly disembarked as well as an equitable system of shared responsibilities through relocation.

A total of 1,093 people have been killed and 5,752 others injured in the fighting in and around Libya's capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, Trendreports citing Xinhua.

Renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's Libya National Army (LNA) has been battling rival militias since April in a bid to wrestle control of Tripoli from Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). The European Union has never offered their support to Libyan authorities in closing the detention centres and releasing those unlawfully detained in terrible conditions.

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