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EU condemns murder of 30 trafficked migrants in Mizda, Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LIBYA – The European Union Delegation in Libya and EU Member State Heads of Mission condemned the murder of thirty trafficked migrants, mostly Bangladeshi nationals, on 27 May in Mizda, Libya, which also resulted in others wounded.

“We welcome instructions by the authorities to open an investigation into this appalling crime and expect the perpetrators to be brought to justice,” EU Delegation said in a statement on Saturday.

“Our condolences go to the families of the victims and wish a quick recovery to the wounded,” it added.

The statement said EU remains committed to continuing its support to the authorities in strengthening their rule of law capacities to allow them to counter criminal networks such as the one responsible for this crime and to maximize its assistance to Libyan communities impacted by the trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

EU Delegation also expressed its concern about “the increase of civilian casualties in Libya over the past weeks as the ongoing conflict continues to take a heavy toll on the most vulnerable, especially the internally displaced Libyans as well as migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. Libya needs a peaceful political resolution to the ongoing conflict to end the suffering and loss of lives,” according to the statement.

It is noteworthy that the Tripoli-based Government of “National Accord” (GNA) announced on Thursday that 30 migrants were killed in the town of Mizda, which is under the control of its militias.

The GNA interior ministry said in a statement that 26 Bangladeshi and four African migrants had been killed in the town of Mizda, southeast Tripoli, and that 11 injured survivors were taken to a hospital in Zintan.

GNA claimed that the migrants were killed by the family of people trafficker in revenge for his killing.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) deplored the killing of the migrants, noting, “The tragedy occurred in a smuggling warehouse in Mizda where a group of migrants were being held.”

“This senseless crime is a bleak reminder of the horrors migrants have to endure at the hands of smugglers and traffickers in Libya,” said IOM Libya Chief of Mission Federico Soda.

“These criminal groups are taking advantage of the instability and security situation to prey on desperate people and exploit their vulnerabilities.”

IOM called on Libyan authorities to immediately launch an investigation to bring those responsible to justice.

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