Libyan Navy rescues 180 migrants off the coast of Garabulli near Tripoli

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 14 May 2018, 06:51 PM
alwasat radio

The Libyan Navy said it has rescued 180 undocumented migrants, including 15 women and 7 children, on Sunday off the coast of eastern Tripoli, local authorities said. 

Navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem says the migrants were mostly men form Syria, Egypt and the Comoros Islands.

According to the statement, the migrants were located in Garabulli, 36 km east of the capital Tripoli. 

Authorities have transferred the group to Tripoli’s naval base where they were given humanitarian and medical assistance before being handed over to Libya’s Immigration Control Agency.

The Libyan Navy says 16,000 undocumented migrants were rescued in 2017. 

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