Tripoli, 9 June:
The town of Hun is threatening to expel people from Twaregha who were resettled there after their town was . . .[restrict]captured in August last year.
Local residents claim there has been a crime wave in Hun which they blame on the Tawerghans. They claim the refugees are involved in drugs and that that there has been a gang war between them.
According to Mustafa Al-Ashtan, the commander of Hun’s 19 September Brigade, there have been a series of problems in the town involving the refugees. Hun, he said, had done it best to absorb them and had given them hospitality but they had responded, he claimed, by stealing from shops, private homes and pubic buildings and generally undermining the town’s security and safety.
Speaking to Benghazi newspaper Corina, he said all the problems were down to two Tawerghan families out of a total of 90 who had fled to Hun last year. He put responsibility for what is happening in the town on the NTC and the government which he said had ignored the refugees’ deteriorating circumstances.
There was little the town could do at the moment, he said, because the Tawerghan’s children were at school and no one wanted to disrupt their education. However, the town had given the official in charge of the refugees until the end of school year to sort matters out. That is at end of June.
Although Ashtan put the figure at 90 families, other officials say there are 4,200 Tawerghan refugees in Hun.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that a camp for displaced Tawerghans near Tripoli’s airport road was attacked earlier today and a number of residents injured in shooting. One Tawarghan man was seized.
The attackers were said to be from Misrata. They arrived at the camp looking for particular individuals. There they were intially involved in clashes with camp guards from the Interior Ministry, but no one was reported injured on either side in the shooting. They then seized the Tawarghan but by that time others had run off into the surrounding fields.