Human Rights Watch (HRW) made the statement on Thursday after hundreds of people were rounded up this week from the coastal city of Sfax and driven to Ben Guerdane, a militarised Tunisia-Libya border zone.
“Not only is it unconscionable to abuse people and abandon them in the desert, but collective expulsions violate international law,” said Lauren Seibert, refugee and migrant rights researcher at HRW.
At the Tunisian-Libyan border, people from African countries told Al Jazeera they were being forced to drink seawater to survive, while Libyan border guards were refusing to let them in.
Al Jazeera’s Malik Traina reports from the city of Zuwara, near the border between Libya and Tunisia.
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