50 illegal migrants wounded as they staged protest in Libyan detention center

Migrants rescued by the Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean sea. ( Archive – Mahmud TURKIA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Over 50 migrants were reportedly injured after they had staged a protest that was suppressed inside a detention centre in Tripoli, the United Nations said on Friday.

The protest had been “driven by frustration and anxiety” as the migrants had been held for months “in extremely dire conditions,” the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said.

“Around 50 people were reportedly injured when the authorities sought to suppress the protest. Two individuals were badly injured and transferred to Abu Salim hospital,” a UNHCR statement said, without giving more details.

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