The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday that at least 1,000 women and children were at risk in the Libyan capital.
A UNICEF statement said about 651 women and 255 children were arrested during the mass arrests of migrants and asylum seekers in Tripoli this month.
Among the detainees are 5 helpless children and at least 30 newborns. UNICEF warns that women and children are at risk for safety and health. Earlier this month, Libyan authorities launched a crackdown on irregular migrants in Tripoli.
According to Doctors Without Borders, at least 5,000 migrants and refugees were violently arrested and held in appalling conditions. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Libya, one person was killed and 15 others were injured in the operation. Authorities described it as a crackdown on organized crime and drug trafficking.
Christina Brugiolo, UNICEF’s acting special envoy to Libya, said: We can assume that the actual number of children detained may be much higher. ‘
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday it was “deeply concerned” about the plight of migrants and asylum seekers in Libya.