15 migrants killed by human traffickers in Sabratha

Oct 7, 2022 | International actors

On 7 October, at least 15 migrants and asylum-seekers were killed in Sabratha. Eleven charred bodies were found inside a docked boat with a further four wounded bodies found outside. Local media sources have reported that six migrants of Bangladeshi nationality survived the incident and received medical treatment. According to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), while the exact circumstances remain to be determined, the killings reportedly resulted from armed clashes between rival traffickers. The Office of the Attorney General revealed that initial investigations had shown that the migrants were killed during an exchange of fire between two trafficking gangs which caused the boat they were in set on fire. The attack has been denounced by UNSMIL as ‘heinous’ and condemned by the US, the EU, and the UK.