(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on
Monday that 331 migrants were rescued and returned to Libya in the
past week, trend reports citing xinhua .
'In the period of Jan. 22-28, 2023, 331 migrants were
intercepted and returned to Libya,' IOM said in a statement.
The rescued migrants included 20 women and 35 children, it
So far this year, a total of 1,103 migrants were rescued and
returned to Libya, while 17 died and 18 others went missing off the
Libyan coast, IOM revealed.
In 2022, a total of 24,684 migrants were rescued and returned to
Libya, the IOM revealed, adding 529 migrants died and 848 others
went missing off the Libyan coast on the Central Mediterranean
Because of the insecurity and chaos in the country since the
fall of late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011, many
migrants, mostly Africans, chose to cross the Mediterranean Sea to
European shores from Libya.
Rescued migrants usually end up inside overcrowded reception
centers across Libya, despite repeated international calls to close
those centers and release the migrants.
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