Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:13 GMT

Libya captures 109 Europe-bound illicit immigrants

(MENAFN) Libya captures 109 illicit immigrants heading for Europe in the western city Zliten, around 160 km east of the Libyan capital Tripoli, announced the Libyan Interior Ministry on Tuesday, Sep. 14.

The ministry stated that the immigrants comprise 16 women and two kids, further saying that they are of Eritrean and Sudanese origin.

Legal procedures were taken against the immigrants, according to the ministry.

Ever since the 2011 uprising brought down its leader Muammar Gaddafi and plunged Libya into insecurity and disorder, the country has been a favored point of departure for illicit migrants wanting to traverse the Mediterranean towards European shores.

Immigrants who are saved at sea or captured by the Libyan authorities end up in overfull reception centers over the nation.

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