150 Nigerians at Bombed Migrant Detention Centre in Libya

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There are fears that several Nigerians may have lost their lives in the Airstrike that hit a migrant detention centre in Libya on Tuesday after news channel Al Jazeerah revealed that up to 150 Nigerians were staying at the camp.

The Tajoura camp on the suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, reportedly holds migrants from several African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

An Al Jazeerah correspondent who visited the camp in December 2017 and January 2018 said conditions there are terrible with migrants living in precarious conditions.

At least 40 people have lost their lives in the air strike late on Tuesday

Some 130 people were injured in the attack, which the United Nations has described as a War Crime.

The Africa Union also issued a statement calling for an inquiry into responsibility for the attack.

It is the highest publicly reported toll of an airstrike or shelling since eastern forces loyal to Haftar launched an offensive three months ago with ground troops and aircraft to take the capital held by the internationally recognised government.

Libya is a key departure point for migrants and refugees from Africa and Arab countries trying to reach Italy by boat, but many get picked up by the Libyan coastguard, which is supported by the European Union.

Centre officials blamed the raid on Haftar’s force

Thousands are being held in government-run detention centres in what human rights groups say are often inhuman conditions.

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