UN says Libyan authorities shot dead Three Sudanese migrants.
Three Sudanese migrants have been shot dead in a western coastal town, As they tried to escape after they were
intercepted by the coast guard in the Mediterranean Sea and returned to shore, the United Nations said Tuesday.
The three were among the 73 Europe-bound migrants, mostly from Sudan, who were returned late on Monday
to the western coastal town of Khoms, said Safa Msehli, spokesperson for the International Organization for
on Tuesday. Khoms is about 120km (75 miles) east of Tripoli. The IOM said local authorities started shooting
when the migrants attempted to escape from the disembarkation point.
Two migrants died on-site and a third died of his wounds while being transported to a hospital,
Two other migrants were wounded and were taken to local hospitals while survivors were moved to
detention centers, the IOM added.
There was no immediate comment from the U.N.-supported government in the capital, Tripoli. Several calls
to a spokesman for the coast guard went unanswered.
The director of the International Rescue Committee in Libya, which helped receive the migrants when they
arrived onshore, called the shooting by The Libyan Authorities “reprehensible.”
“This violence only reinforces the dangers that migrants, refugees and asylum seekers face in Libya.
More must urgently be done to ensure their safety and arbitrary detention should end,” said Tom Garofalo.