July 17 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Libyan Ministry of the Interior has reported on Monday the rescue, in collaboration with workers from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), of several dozen African migrants on the border with Tunisia, after, they denounce, the authorities of this country would have released them into the desert.
“Border Guard patrols rescued dozens of illegal migrants fleeing the Tunisian authorities towards the Libyan border areas,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
In the note, Libya has specified that the rescue of these people has been done in collaboration with the IOM, which has distributed food, clothing and temporary shelter to those affected until further measures are taken.
In a video also released by the Libyan authorities, two Nigerian men say they were beaten by Tunisian soldiers and taken along with other people to a desert area, where they were told to cross into Libya, while another says their arms were removed and burned. passports. These sources indicate that they spent two days in the desert before being found.
This event takes place just one day after the European Union and Tunisia signed an agreement whereby the North African country agrees to cooperate with Brussels on immigration in exchange for a financial aid package estimated at about 900 million euros.