‘Disastrous’ conditions for migrants displaced by Libya clashes, official says

A migrant is attended at a detention center in Gharyan, Libya October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara

By Hani Amara-GHARYAN, Libya (Reuters) – Thousands of migrants displaced by fighting on Libya’s northwestern coast are in urgent need of medical help, the head of a detention centre in the town of Gharyan said on Thursday, describing their situation as “tragic”.

Some 5,800 migrants had arrived at the centre since fighting broke out last month in the coastal city of Sabratha, previously a launch pad for crossings to Italy. About 2,000 people have already been sent on from Gharyan to other centres in the capital, Tripoli.

Migrants sit at a detention center in Gharyan, Libya October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
A migrant looks out of a barred door at a detention center in Gharyan, Libya October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
Migrants receive food at a detention center in Gharyan, Libya, October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
Migrants sit at a detention center in Gharyan, Libya October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
Migrants gather at a detention center in Gharyan, Libya October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
Migrants sit at a detention center in Gharyan, Libya October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara
Migrants in trucks arrive at a detention center in Gharyan, Libya October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hani Amara

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