Tripoli Security Directorate has arrested 16 beggars of different nationalities during a joint security campaign to combat the phenomenon of beggary in streets of the capital.

The Directorate reported on Thursday that the campaign took place with the participation of women's police department of the directorate, members of the Special Tasks Unit as well as personnel from Tripoli Criminal Investigation Office.

The campaign aims at controlling beggary gangs that take advantage of the citizen's sympathy, especially after the number of beggars of different nationalities has greatly increased in streets of the capital, the Directorate added.