The UNSMIL said that at least 4,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centers and camps in Sabratha, have been transferred to a hangar in the city’s Dahman area, where IOM, the UN Migration Agency is providing emergency assistance. IOM sent a field team to the hangar to assess the situation.

By the end of the day, the team reported that 2,600 migrants (1,819 men, 704 women and 77 children) were being kept at the site by the Libyan Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM).

More migrants from other locations in Sabratah were later transferred to the hangar and more are anticipated to arrive soon, the UNSMIL added.