Migrants hurt in detention centre clash

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At least 50 migrants were reportedly injured after a protest in a detention centre in Tripoli, the United Nations said.

The protest was “driven by frustration and anxiety” as migrants were held for months “in extremely dire conditions,” the UN refugee agency UNHCR said.

“Around 50 people were reportedly injured when authorities sought to suppress the protest. Two individuals were badly injured and transferred to Abu Salim hospital,” a UNHCR statement said, without more detail.

A government official declined to comment, while the detention centre could not be for reached for comment.

Libya’s west coast is a major North African departure point for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, mainly from Africa fleeing conflict and poverty.