Libyan guards shot at fleeing migrants: UN

Human rights groups say air strikes on a Libyan migrant centre may amount to a war crime. (AAP)

The UN says information has emerged that Libyan guards fired on refugees trying to flee air strikes on a migrant detention centre.

The United Nations says it has information that Libyan guards shot at refugees and migrants trying to flee from air strikes that killed at least 53 people, including six children, in a migrant detention centre.

A UN humanitarian report said there were two air strikes late on Tuesday, one hitting an unoccupied garage and one hitting a hangar containing around 120 refugees and migrants.

"There are reports that following the first impact, some refugees and migrants were fired upon by guards as they tried to escape," the UN report said.

Human rights groups say the air strikes may constitute a war crime.

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