Recent airstrike in Tripoli stark reminder of risks civilians face, says IOM


Seven people, including five migrant workers were killed in an airstrike on a factory in Wadi Rabii, south of Tripoli on November 18, according to the Libyan Ministry of Health.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) condemned the recent attack which also injured thirty migrants.

“This attack is a stark reminder of the hostile conditions and risks migrants and local communities face on a daily basis,” said IOM Libya Chief of Mission Federico Soda. “Civilians are not a target. Their safety must be guaranteed by all parties to the conflict.”

Hundreds of civilians have died in clashes in Tripoli since the latest round of violence began in April, including 53 migrants, killed in an airstrike on the Tajoura detention centre in July.

According to IOM Libya Displacement Tracking Matrix, there are over 110,000 migrants in Tripoli and surrounding areas, and 2,000 others in detention centres, who remain at risk as clashes continue in the capital. Roughly 128,000 civilians have been displaced due to the fighting. (Source: IOM Intl.)