150 killed in a triple-car bomb in Syria
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
Migrants sit at a detention centre in Gharyan, Libya, yesterday.