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It is a dubious deal: with money from Italy, migrants are being held in Libya from the crossing of the Mediterranean. Now camp with 4,000 people were discovered.

Libya: From tug to Coast Guard

It is a dubious deal: with money from Italy, migrants are being held in Libya from the crossing of the Mediterranean. Now camp with 4,000 people were discovered.

Libya: From tug to Coast Guard

Thousands of migrants have been discovered in camps in Libyan port city of Sabrata. More than 4,000 people have been in various places in coastal town of Sabrata west of Tripoli cooped, among m pregnant and children, said Saleh Graisia, spokesman of counter-terrorist militia "Islamic State" fighting troop operation Room. He accused Al-Ammu militia of having detained migrants in order to later lock m over Mediterranean.

The spicy thing about this: Al-Ammu militia is actually trying to fight human smuggling. This has been agreed with Italian Government at least in summer. The Italian Government concluded an agreement with two influential militias on Libyan coast, al-Ammu militia and Brigade 48. They received money and logistical support. The al-Ammu militia, which, according to ir own claims, consists of 500 to 600 fighters, promised to ensure that no boats with migrants were more off coast – a highly controversial deal that made smugglers into coastal guards.

The Al-Ammu militia is led by Ahmed Dabbashi, who is known under name "Al Ammu" (The uncle). The 35-or 36-year-old man from Sabratha fought in year 2011 against troops of Muammar Al Gaddafi. Subsequently, with aura of a war hero, he ascended to one of leading human smugglers. His militia, alluding to a late cousin Ahmed Dabbashis also known as Anas Dabbashi Militia, also smuggled oil.

As Taz reports, prominent personalities such as former UN Ambassador of Libya and a former local is leader, Abdallah Dabbashi, belong to large family Dabbashi. Five kilometres south of Sabrata, he entertained a camp where IS fighters were trained to fight. At beginning of 2015, camp was bombed by US Air force. In spring of 2016, Abdallah Dabbashi died in an attack. Ahmed Dabbashi had apparently arranged with is at first and possibly even profited from his rise financially. Later, however, when he was on defensive, he joined a coalition against Dschihadistenmiliz.

A constant pressure against Italy

As a result of agreement concluded in July, number of migrants translating from Libya towards Europe decreased by 86 percent, as Times reported. The deal also aroused new desires and heated fights between rival warlords in Libya, like those in city of Sabrata. Sabrata is only 300 kilometres from Lampedusa. The city, known for its Roman and Phoenician ruins, is center of journeys to Europe.

The conflict began in mid-September, when members of Al Ammu militia clashed with smugglers. Hundreds of migrants were stranded in city after Al Ammu militia was no longer engaged in smuggling business. This is how Tahar al Gharabili, head of military council in Sabrata, reports. On 17th, fights broke out. At least 93 people have died in Sabrata since n, among m at least eight civilians. At least 180 people were injured. Thus, fights in city are even fiercer than those during overthrow in year 2011.

Criminals such as Dabbashi have a constant pressure on Italian Government with agreement: if cash flow is to be lost, it will send out migrants, Dabbashi had already threatened at beginning of September. The now discovered camps, in which people were detained in undignified conditions, are part of this perfidious game.

With material from DPA

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