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Dozens of migrants arrested in east Libya for deportation

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Dozens of migrants arrested in east Libya for deportation
Migrants walk at a detention centre run by the Interior Ministry of Libya's eastern-based government, in Benghazi, Libya January 11, 2018. /Reuters
Migrants walk at a detention centre run by the Interior Ministry of Libya's eastern-based government, in Benghazi, Libya January 11, 2018. /Reuters

Authorities in eastern Libya said on Thursday that they had arrested and would deport 81 migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.

The migrants had escaped from smugglers after failing to reach Europe.

They were reported to authorities by an imam at a mosque on the coast to the south of the Libyan city of Benghazi, officials said.

"They were arrested in the Zueitina area at a camp of illegal migrants," said Ahmed al-Arifi, an official from the department for countering illegal migration in the eastern city of Benghazi. "They were arrested for deportation back to their countries."

Libya is the main departure point for migrants trying to reach Europe by sea, with nearly 120,000 crossing the central Mediterranean last year.

Almost all leave from western Libya, though departures dropped sharply in July last year when some armed factions began blocking crossings. Most of the migrants are from West African countrie s, though some East Africans enter Libya through Sudan.

Arifi said a total of 5,686 migrants had been deported from eastern Libya last year, up from 2,912 in 2016.

One of the Eritrean migrants, speaking at a detention centre in Benghazi, said he had arrived in Libya in March last year from Sudan, after paying $4,000 for the journey.

He was taken across the Sahara desert to the western Libyan smuggling hub of Sabratha, and waited there with other migrants for about four months before being told the sea route had been closed.

Armed groups began preventing boat departures in Sabratha in July, and a major smuggling group was pushed out of the city in September.

The Eritrean said he had then crossed back through the town of Bani Walid to Ajdabiya in the east, close to Zueitina. Smugglers had demanded another $2,000 for the trip to Europe, but he was unable to pay and fled mistreatment at their hands.

"I wanted to go to Italy to work bu t unfortunately it wasn't possible," he said. "We suffer from severe poverty in our country and there's a dictatorial system.

"Now because we were treated badly by smugglers, we are suffering from illnesses and skin diseases. We don't want to return to our country, we want to go to Europe."

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