Condemned to drown at sea or be locked up in Libya
More than a hundred people reportedly died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast on 1st of September 2018. The survivors, with another group intercepted at sea, were brought to Khoms (120 km east of Tripoli) by the Libyan coast guard on Sunday 2nd of September. After their disembarkation, MSF teams intervened to provide urgent medical assistance on the spot, including to survivors with extensive chemical burns from the engine petrol spills, and managed to refer one person in critical condition to the intensive care department of nearby hospital. The group got transferred to a detention centre under the control of the Libyan authorities. Among the group were pregnant women, children and babies, and people with serious medical condition. As part of its medical activities in detention centres in the area, MSF teams have followed up on them while in detention and provided further medical care. MSF reiterates its call to stop returning to Libya people who flee by sea, to end the arbitrary detention of thousands of refugees and migrants across the country and scale ways to evacuate them to safety out of the country.
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