Middle East

Libyan navy rescues scores of migrants stranded at sea

Northern coast of Libya has long served as hub for illegal immigration to Europe

15.03.2018
Libyan navy rescues scores of migrants stranded at sea

By Waleed Abdullah

TRIPOLI, Libya

Libyan naval forces on Thursday announced the rescue of 121 undocumented migrants who were found aboard a life raft off the coast of the Abu-Kammash border area with Tunisia.

The migrants, including one child and 24 women, were discovered at sea on Wednesday roughly 25 kilometers north of Abu-Kammash, the navy said in a statement.

Of different African nationalities, they were taken to a naval base in Tripoli for medical treatment before being handed over to Libya’s anti-illegal immigration agency.

In recent years, Libya’s northern coast has become a hub for illegal immigration to Europe.

More than 150,000 would-be migrants are estimated to have made the perilous sea journey from Libya to the coast of Italy within the last three years alone.

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