147 illegal immigrants rescued off western Libyan coast

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/18 10:53:04

Libyan coast guards on Tuesday rescued 147 illegal immigrants off the coast of the western city Garabulli.

"Coast Guards vessel rescued 147 illegal immigrants of different African nationalities off the coast of Garabulli," the Coast Guards said.

"The rescued illegal immigrants were taken to Tripoli naval base. Medical assistance was provided by the International Medical Corps. After that, they were handed over to the Anti-illegal Immigration Department and transferred to Tajura reception center," the Coast Guards added.

The Anti-illegal Immigration Department on Tuesday said that 40 Bangladeshi migrants were repatriated from Libya as part of the humanitarian repatriation program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Libyan authorities.

IOM on Monday said that more than 8,000 illegal immigrants have been repatriated voluntarily from Libya this year so far.

Insecurity and chaos in Libya that followed the 2011 uprising led to massive flows of migrants through the Mediterranean towards European shores. Those who are rescued at sea by Libyan navy are detained in reception centers with poor living conditions.

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