Shooting at a Tripoli detention centre on Friday left at least six migrants dead, while many reportedly escaped from the facility and others gathered in nearby streets, the head of the U.N. migration agency’s Libya mission said.
Overcrowding triggered chaos at the Ghot Shaal centre, with people sleeping in the open and different security forces present, said Federico Soda, the Libya mission head for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
Soda said security forces in Tripoli had detained at least 900 migrants later on Friday.
There has been a crack down by Libyan security forces on migrants, refugees and asylum seekers over the past week, detaining more than 5,000.
There are hundreds of thousands of migrants who routinely face violence in Libya, with many held in detention centres that United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said are crowded and unsanitary, and where Amnesty International on Friday said they face torture and sexual abuse.
UNHCR said it was increasingly alarmed about the situation for migrants and refugees in Libya.
“The raids, which also involved the demolition of many unfinished buildings and makeshift houses, have created widespread panic and fear among asylum seekers and refugees in the capital,” it said in a statement.