UN says Libyan guards reportedly shot at migrants fleeing airstrikes

Migrants stand outside a detention centre in Tripoli. The UN said the air strike, which killed at least 53 people "may amount to a war crime".
Migrants stand outside a detention centre in Tripoli. The UN said the air strike, which killed at least 53 people "may amount to a war crime".
Image: Mahmud TURKIA / AFP

 The United Nations said on Thursday it had information that Libyan guards shot at refugees and migrants trying to flee from airstrikes that killed at least 53 people, including six children, in a migrant detention centre late on Tuesday.

A U.N. humanitarian report said there were two airstrikes, one hitting an unoccupied garage and one hitting a hangar containing around 120 refugees and migrants.

"There are reports that following the first impact, some refugees and migrants were fired upon by guards as they tried to escape," the U.N. report said.

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