Human rights bodies lambast eastern Libyan authorities’ behavior toward Egyptian immigrants

Migrant Rescue Watch – a monitoring group of immigrants across the world – said that the deportation of Egyptian immigrants from eastern Libya continued until last Thursday, adding that they were loaded into several trucks and some were taken to Benghazi while others to their countries, criticizing such an inhumane act by the authorities.

In the meantime, Human Rights Watch criticized, according to Middle East Eye, the deportation and the behavior of the Libyan forces during the operations. 

“The conditions under which these people are rounded up appear to be incredibly violent and inhumane,” said Hanan Salah, Human Rights Watch’s associate director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“This is absolutely unacceptable the way that people are being hoarded into a certain space and yelled at, with obscenities shouted at them… they are being forced to walk and run for long periods. They’re apparently not being given the basic necessities they need. The de facto authorities or those who conducted it need to explain themselves.”  She added. 

An Egyptian security source told Reuters that only 2,200 of the 4,000 people deported were in Libya illegally. Deportees were detained at the border and then marched 2km into Egypt. 

The deportation came after the security authorities in Al-Batnan area had announced the launching of a security campaign, which “aimed to combat crime and enforce law in the region.”


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