150 killed in a triple-car bomb in Syria

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GHARYAN: Thou­sands of mi­grants dis­placed by fight­ing on Libya’s north-west­ern coast were in ur­gent need of med­i­cal help, said the head of a de­ten­tion cen­tre in Gharyan, about 80km south of Tripoli.

Ab­dul­hameed Muf­tah, who runs the cen­tre, de­scribed their sit­u­a­tion as “tragic”.

Some 5 800 mi­grants had ar­rived at the Al-Hamra cen­tre since fight­ing broke out last month in the coastal city of Sabratha.

About 2 000 have been sent on to other cen­tres.

“The sit­u­a­tion is very tragic...dis­as­trous. There’s a lack of sup­port,” said Muf­tah.

The clashes in Sabratha re­sulted in the with­drawal of an armed group that said it had be­gun block­ing mi­grant de­par­tures from Sabratha – pre­vi­ously the main smug­gling hub for mi­grants try­ing to cross the Mediter­ranean – un­der in­tense pres­sure from Italy.

UN agen­cies have been strug­gling to pro­vide sup- port for thou­sands of mainly sub-Sa­ha­ran African mi­grants stranded af­ter the fight­ing.

Many have been taken to cen­tres such as the one in Gharyan, which are no­to­ri­ous for wide­spread abuse and poor con­di­tions. One mi­grant called out as a re­porter passed, say­ing “Please. We’re dy­ing.”

Muf­tah said, “We ap­peal to all or­gan­i­sa­tions and the Libyan state to con­sider the hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tion of these mi­grants. –Reuters BEIRUT: Is­lamic State sui­cide at­tack­ers killed at least 50 peo­ple in a triple car bomb at­tack on yes­ter­day among a group of refugees in north-east Syria, a med­i­cal source in the Kur­dish Red Cres­cent said.

A large num­ber of peo­ple were also in­jured by the three car bombs set off by the at­tack­ers, the source said. The at­tack took place at Abu Fas, near the bor­der of Deir al-Zor and Hasaka prov­inces, said a war mon­i­tor, the Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, which said ear­lier that 18 peo­ple were killed.

The dead in­cluded refugees flee­ing the fight­ing in Deir al-Zor as well as mem­bers of the Kur­dish Asay­ish se­cu­rity force, the Ob­ser­va­tory re­ported. Syr­ian state tele­vi­sion said dozens had been killed in the at­tack. The ji­hadist group has lost swathes of its ter­ri­tory in Syria and Iraq this year and is fall­ing back on the towns and vil­lages of the Euphrates val­ley south­east of Deir al-Zor.

The US-backed Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces al­liance of Kur­dish and Arab mili­tias is press­ing it from the north and a ri­val of­fen­sive by the Syr­ian army, sup­ported by al­lies in­clud­ing Iran and Rus­sia. – Reuters

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

Mi­grants sit at a de­ten­tion cen­tre in Gharyan, Libya, yes­ter­day.

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