Arab League slams blast in Libyan capital

Arab_LeagueThe Arab League has condemned the terrorist attack that occurred east of the Libyan capital Tripoli and left a number of security men either killed or injured.

The spokesman for the Arab League, Mahmoud Afifi, reaffirmed the organisation’s support for and full solidarity with Libya in its counterterror efforts and endeavours to establish peace and stability across the country.

He conveyed the condolences of Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboulgheit to the families of the victims and his wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency said it was gravely concerned about a deterioration in conditions for migrants held in Libyan detention centres that had led to riots and hunger strikes.

Many migrants are taken to the centres after being intercepted by Libya’s EU-backed coastguard as they try to reach Europe by sea, a policy that has been criticised by human rights groups.

An estimated 8,000 migrants are currently held in 18 detention centres linked to the internationally recognised government in Tripoli, according to UNHCR.

Those detained make up a small fraction of the several hundred thousand migrants resident in Libya or passing through the North African country.

Humanitarian workers have limited access to the centres, which frequently open and close.

“In recent weeks, UNHCR has witnessed a critical worsening in conditions in detention centres, due to the increasing overcrowding and lack of basic living standards,” the agency said in a statement