IOM: Over 14.000 migrants transferred from Sabratha to Tripoli, Gharayna and Zuwara

Gambian migrants deported from Libya stand in line with plastic bag from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as they wait for registration at the airport in Banjul, Gambia April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

In the aftermath of weeks of conflict in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratha, more than 14,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centres and camps, have been transferred either to Zwara or an assembly point in Sabratha, from where, the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM) has been transferring the migrants to different detention centres throughout Tripoli area, including Trig al Seka, Ghariyan (south of Tripoli), Tajoura and Trig al Matar.

On 7 October, within 24 hrs after the first transfer of migrants, IOM, as the first humanitarian responder, sent a field team to the site to assess the situation. Overall, the migrants are from almost a dozen countries and among them are pregnant women, newborn babies and unaccompanied children.

Whilst migrants, on a daily basis, are transferred from Sabratha and Zwara to detention centres in Tripoli, new migrants continue to arrive. As of 16 October, at least 1,000 migrants are estimated to be in Zwara and around 500 in Sabratha. Primary needs include water, tents, WASH and medical assistance and psychosocial support.

IOM’s Emergency Intervention in Zwara and Sabratha, as well as in the detention centres, continues.

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