Some 200 Syrian refugees were arrested in Algeria last night when attempting to reach Europe illegally via Libya, reported the French-language daily El Watan . These Syrian refugees, including children, were arrested by police while they were aboard three buses between Oued Souf and Debdeb near the Algerian-Libyan border, the newspaper said.
This information has not been confirmed by official sources. Libyan militias promised Syrian refugees waiting a few kilometers from the border, to take them to their destination . These militias had promised to do so “in return for large sums of money”, but the amount has not been specified, the newspaper added. This arrest operation was conducted following reports of a large influx of refugees over the past week to Oued Souf, where they planned to reach Italy via Libya, the source said.