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IOM urges end to arbitrary detention of migrants in Libya

The regional office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday called for an end to the arbitrary detention of migrants in Libya, Sputnik reported on Monday.

According to the report, IOM said on twitter that nearly 1,000 people were returned to Libya over the past 48 hours.

“Over the past 48 hours, nearly 1,000 migrants were intercepted and returned to #Libya by the coast guard and coastal security.

“IOM teams were present at all disembarkation points to provide needed assistance.

“We reiterate that arbitrary detention must end,” the UN organization said,’’ according to Sputnik.

Safa Msehli, UN migration spokesperson added that the migrants ended up “detained in appalling conditions.”

Since 2011, when the long-ruling country leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed, Libya has been torn apart by an internal conflict, Sputnik reported.

The country’s most recent government led by Prime Minister AbdulHamid Dbeibah was created by an UN-brokered peace process.

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