Libya: Sick and traumatised people left with no alternative than arbitrary detention

11 September 2018

More than a hundred people have reportedly died after a shipwreck off the Libyan coast one week ago, survivors told Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams working in Libya. A group of 276 people, among them survivors of the shipwreck, were brought from the sea to the port city of Khoms (120 km east of Tripoli) by the Libyan coast guard on Sunday 2 September. MSF has been providing urgent medical assistance following disembarkation.

"Many people died, including families and children. They could have been saved if rescues had come earlier. The children have died, including two 17 months old twins who perished along with their mother and father," personal account from a shipwreck’s survivor.

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