Zuwara Security Directorate said Tuesday it had foiled an illegal immigration attempt by over 200 illegal immigrants from different African countries, who were arrested in a farm west of the city.

The Directorate confirmed that the immigrants were hiding in bad conditions.

“Those arrested were provided with food, water and some needed medical attention.” It said.

The Directorate pointed out that three Libyan nationals accused of trafficking human beings were also arrested during the raid and transferred to the police station for investigation.

In another incident on, Wednesday in Bani Walid town, 170 southwest of Tripoli, 20 immigrants were injured by gun fire after escaping from a hiding location.

Local sources said the immigrants of African nationality tried to escape from a hiding place in a site called “factory 51” when the local trafficker holding them named “Musa Diyab” opened fire at them.

The immigrants were taken to Bani Walid hospital. A doctor said the injuries vary from medium to severe.

There were no reports of deaths.

Bani Walid is a hotspot for collecting immigrants and taking them to the coastal towns before sailing to the Italian shores.

Source Libya Observer