CAIRO – Officials say thousands of migrants have been found trapped in camps in Libya. They were caught amid the fighting over the northwestern city of Sabratha — a major transit area for human smuggling and where powerful militias were paid by Italy to stop trafficking.
Over 4,000 migrants, including pregnant women and children, were found in the past two days in different locations in town, said Saleh Graisia, the spokesman for Anti-ISIS Operation Room, on Sunday. The group is now in control of the city of Sabratha.
Graisia accused the al-Ammu militia — which struck a deal with Italy and Libya to stop trafficking — of storing the migrants to smuggle them later.
Graisia's forces have been clashing with al-Ammu for the past two weeks over control of the city.