Migrants are in Libyan detention and need help – Alarm Phone

Migrants who were stranded on the NGO migrant rescue ships Sea-Watch 3 and Professor Albrecht Penck disembark from an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at its base in Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta, Malta January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

The 150 migrants on board the Lady Sham cargo vessel have been returned to Libya against their will and calling for help, Alarm Phone has said.

The independent body which assists migrants crossing the Mediterranean, said on Twitter that they had managed to reconnect with the migrants that had been returned to Libya and put into detention in Misrata.

The migrants had been initially been rescued by a cargo vessel called the Lady Sham on Saturday and were promised that they would be disembarked in Europe but had been reported to have lied. Instead they would be ‘refouled’ to Libya.

It is understood from their Twitter that those who resisted disembarkation, ‘were beaten’.

Migrants on cargo ship scared of disembarking in Libya – Alarm Phone

Alarm Phone says that there are up to 500 people in detention in Misrata.

The NGO also states that those returned are calling for food, medical attention and the media ‘to report on their situation’.