Migrants having a meal at the Janzour detention center, south-west of Tripoli | Credit: Zuhair Abusrewil
Migrants having a meal at the Janzour detention center, south-west of Tripoli | Credit: Zuhair Abusrewil

The Janzour detention center, some 20 km south-west of Tripoli's center, has struggled with a surge in arrivals following clashes in the Libyan capital.

With up to 645 migrants arriving per day at a facility set up to host between 200 and 300 people, the Janzour detention center, some 20 kilometers southwest of Tripoli's center, has struggled with a surge in arrivals following clashes in the Libyan capital, said the head of the detentions centre, Raid Ramadan Ashour.


After clashes around the airport and at the Tariq Al-Matar facility, a detention center in the area, ''the migrant's numbers increased to 950'' at the Janzour center with ''645 migrants'' arriving in one day, according to Ashour. 

The facility, which provides three meals a day and running water, faced the surge when "all the migrants who were in Tariq Al-Matar Detention Center were taken here after we served the lunch for our migrants (around 300)," the official said. 

"We received 645 migrants and some of them were injured by gunfire, we couldn't handle the huge numbers of migrants - [we couldn't] provide [all of] them with food so they spent three days without food during the clashes," Ashour continued. 

'NGOs failed to help us'

The center's head also accused NGOs of failing to help, leaving the center to deal with the emergency on its own to provide food and impromptu accommodation.

"This detention center is small, so we had to build outdoor tents to host them," he said, adding that "none of the NGOs helped in that situation" and that some of the migrants had to be transferred to another detention facility. In addition, he said, "voluntary deportation programs stopped since the clashes started."
 

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