Wednesday, 18/9/2019 | 12:41 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

LIBYAN COAST GUARDS RESCUE MORE THAN 200 IMMIGRANTS OFF WESTERN LIBYAN COAST

TRIPOLI, Libyan coast guards rescued more than 200 illegal immigrants, on two rubber boats, off the coasts of the western cities of Sabratha and Zuwara, a navy spokesman, said.

Ayob Qassem said, the migrants were rescued in two separate operations, the first of which took place 29 miles north-east of Sabratha, where the coast guards rescued 92 migrants and took them to the Tripoli naval base, at 13:00 hrs (11:00 GMT).

The second operation rescued 110 illegal immigrants, 25 miles north of Zuwara. The immigrants were taken to the naval base at 16:25 hrs (14:25 GMT).

"As soon as they arrived at the Tripoli naval base, the migrants were transferred to the anti-illegal immigration department, in Tajura, in eastern Tripoli," Qassem added.

Libya has become a preferred departure point for illegal immigrants, hoping to cross the Mediterranean into Europe, because of insecurity and chaos in the North African country, following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Improved weather conditions have increased the flow of migrant boats from Libya towards Europe, particularly off the country's western coast.

Source: Nam News Agency

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