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UN: 84 rescued migrants taken to bombed detention center

Posted at 1:46 AM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 04:46:14-04

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says Libyan authorities have transferred dozens of migrants to a detention center near Tripoli that was hit by an airstrike earlier this month. The migrants are the survivors from two Europe-bound boats that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea a day earlier, which left up to 150 people missing and feared drowned.

Charlie Yaxley, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency, said Friday that 84 migrants were taken to the Tajoura detention center, located near the front lines of fighting between rival Libyan factions.

An airstrike hit the center on July 3, killing more than 50 people and raising new concerns over the treatment of migrants in Libya.

More than 130 migrants were rescued at sea on Thursday by the Libyan coast guard.