Migrants are seen in a shelter after they were relocated from government-run detention centers, after getting trapped by clashes between rival groups in Tripoli, Libya August 30, 2018. REUTERS/Hani Amara/File Photo
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The U.N. decried Saturday "reliable reports" that smugglers and traffickers were impersonating its staff in Libya to target desperate migrants and refugees, and demanded action to hold them to account.The U.N. refugee agency said reliable sources were indicating that smugglers and traffickers trying to pretend they worked with different U.N. organizations had been seen in a range of different locations across the conflict-torn country. Spokesman Babar Baloch however told AFP that it remained unclear if the fake U.N. employees had succeeded in tricking migrants and refugees who subsequently faced abuse, saying the agency was still investigating.Last week, the agency helped evacuate some 300 migrants from the Ain Zara detention centre to another a few kilometers away as they risked getting caught in the crossfire.
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