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Newsline: Gunmen Beat up Eritrean Ambassador to Libya

Reports indicated that unknown gunmen barged into the Eritrean embassy in Tripoli, Libya and attacked Ambassador Abdellah Musa and his staff, they left them bleeding. The gunmen also took documents and different items, including the ambassadors’ personal effects, from the embassy premises. Gedab news contacted the Eritrean Embassy for further details, but the calls were not answered. Daniel, an Eritrean refugee who has been stranded in Libya since 2010 told Gedab News that, “the smugglers are fighting over money collected from refugees who were smuggled to Italy.” He said some officers affiliated with the embassy run a network of individuals who manage the smuggling business.” After Egypt and Israel effectively curbed the smuggling route through the Sinai Peninsula, smugglers launched the Libyan route that smuggled mainly Eritrean refugees to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. Hundreds have perished at sea between Libya and Italy.



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