Dozens kidnapped in Libya refugee camp raid

from AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, Libya
TRIPOLI, (CAJ News) – A MILITIA group has kidnapped more than 70 people during a reprisal attack at a refugee camp in Libya.

Among the 77 kidnapped victims is a 13-year-old boy.

The weekend attack in the Tariq Al-Mattar camp is in retaliation to a violent altercation which took place between young men in the camp some two weeks ago, resulting in the death of one armed militia member.

Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International’s North Africa Campaigns Director, said the attacks demonstrated the level of intimidation and collective punishment imposed by militias on displaced people in the Al-Mattar camp.

“The environment of impunity which the Libyan government has fostered is emboldening militias to get away with these appalling abuses.”

Bounaim said authorities must take serious measures to reinstate the judiciary and disarm and demobilize militias as well as hold perpetrators to account.

“They must immediately intervene to prevent armed groups from forcibly evicting people from the camp, protect the camp residents from further violence, and ensure the safe release of the those who were kidnapped.”

The Tariq al-Mattar refugee camp is home to over 500 families displaced from their home town in Tawergha since 2011, when the town was used as a launching ground for a pro-Muammar Gaddafi offensive against the city of Misratah.

Rival militias control vast territories in the ungovernable country of 7 million people.
– CAJ News

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