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Hundreds of migrants rounded up in Tripoli

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By Catherine Hardy  with REUTERS
Hundreds of migrants rounded up in Tripoli

<p><p></p> <ul> <li>203 refugees and migrants found in Tripoli</li> <li>Warnings of more travel on the Central Mediterranean route</li> <li>France and Germany offer support</li> </ul> </p> <h3><strong>What has happened?</strong></h3> <p> <p>Libyan security forces have detained more than 200 migrants in an early morning raid on two hideouts in the capital, Tripoli.</p> <p>Who are they?</p> <ul> <li>Mostly young men</li> <li>from various African countries</li> <li>planning to board boats to Italy</li> </ul> </p> <h3><strong>Why is there so much concern?</strong></h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">eNCA | Tripoli detains over 200 migrants during police raid <a href="https://t.co/eKan7hXayc">https://t.co/eKan7hXayc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENCA?src=hash">#ENCA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Africa?src=hash">#Africa</a></p>— AfricaMediaNetwork (@AfricaMedia54) <a href="https://twitter.com/AfricaMedia54/status/721696695982145537">April 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Many fear that migrants are now taking the dangerous sea route from Libya into Italy <a href="https://t.co/Z3xwbKpYui">https://t.co/Z3xwbKpYui</a> <a href="https://t.co/ibqTRqGW8K">pic.twitter.com/ibqTRqGW8K</a></p>— The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/720955842690990084">April 15, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>The International Organisation for Migration <a href="http://www.iom.int/news/mediterranean-migrant-arrivals-2016-177-207-deaths-732">says</a> almost 6,000 refugees and migrants have sailed from Libya to Italy in recent days.</p> <p>The organisation has warned it could be the start of a wave of 100,000 new arrivals and “possibly many, many more”.</p> <p>The shorter, relatively safer route via Greece has been blocked.</p> <p>Austria is also preparing to block unhindered travel over its border with Italy.</p> <ul> <li>2015 – 153, 842 migrants arrived in Italy</li> <li>2015 – 1,000,000 migrants arrived in Greece <p></li> </ul> <h3><strong>What they are saying</strong></h3> </p> <p>“We raided two migrant hideouts in Tripoli and detained 203 illegal migrants from various African countries that were preparing to leave Libya to Europe’s shores” – <strong>Libyan security official.</strong></p>