Migration and mobility

Nearly 4,000 migrants were arrested on the suburbs of the capital Tripoli as part of a major anti-drug raid carried out by Libyan police on Friday 1 October.

In a statement on Friday evening, the Prosecutor General announced that he had instructed the security forces to “inspect the protperties used to organise illegal immigration operations and to arrest those involved in the trafficking of narcotics, psychotropic drugs, alcohol and firearms.” The operation “resulted in the arrest of many offenders and the transfer of hundreds of illegal immigrants” to detention centres, he said.

The head of the Libyan transitional government, Abdelhamid Dbeibah, for his part, praised on Twitter the “heroes of the Ministry of the Interior” who led this “operation planned to eliminate the dens of drug trafficking.” The head of the government added that “we will not allow another war to be waged against our youth, which is the war on drugs.”