Libyan navy rescues 161 migrants off the coast of Al-Khoms

Alwasat - Cairo Sat 04 May 2019, 01:24 PM
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The Libyan navy said on Saturday that it rescued 161 illegal migrants on two rubber boats off the western city of Al- Khoms, some 120 km east of the capital Tripoli.

"A Coast Guards patrol spotted two rubber boats with 161 illegal migrants on board, including 141 men, 15 women and 5 children," the Libyan navy's spokesman Ayob Qassem said in a statement.

The migrants were rescued 82 km west of Khoms, the statement added.

The migrants have been provided with humanitarian and medical assistance and taken to a reception center in the city, the spokesman said.

Western Libya, particularly in and around Tripoli, is witnessing violent clashes since early April between the east-based army and the UN-backed government over control of the city.

The fighting has killed 392 people, injured 1,936 others, and forced more than 50,000 others to flee their homes away from the conflict areas, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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