Aid agencies provide relief items to migrants in Libyan capital

Relief items were provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for more than 1,200 asylum-seekers and migrants in detention centers in the Libyan capital Tripoli, UNHCR said on Wednesday.

“UNHCR and its partner IRC concluded a two-day distribution of relief items to over 1,200 vulnerable asylum-seekers and migrants at Triq-al-Sikka and Abu Salim detention centers in Tripoli. Most of them were recently put in detention after being intercepted or rescued at sea,” UNHCR said in a statement.

“The distribution included hygiene kits for one month, blankets, mattresses, plastic basins, and other items,” the statement added.

Libya has been plagued by a state of insecurity and chaos since the 2011 fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, making the North African country a preferred point of departure for thousands of illegal immigrants who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea toward Europe.

Migrant shelters in Libya have been overcrowded despite repeated international calls to close them.

The anti-illegal migration department of Libya has repeatedly appealed to international relief organizations to provide humanitarian aid to migrants in shelters.