IOM: Nearly 10,000 migrants rescued off Libya in 2020

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 13 Oct 2020, 07:07 PM
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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Monday that a total of 9,839 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast so far in 2020.

The rescued include 671 women and 532 children, it confirmed.

The organization also said that 199 migrants died and 275 others went missing on the Central Mediterranean route so far this year.

Due to the deteriorating security situation, Libya has become a preferred point of departure for migrants who want to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe.

On October 3rd, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution by which it extended permission for European countries to intercept ships and boats for smuggling migrants off the coast of Libya for another year.

Earlier in late September, Amnesty International expressed its regret that EU countries were circumventing laws in order to return migrants to Libya.

The organization said in a statement that Europe, driven by the desire to stop the arrival of migrants and refugees at any cost, is circumventing international laws that prohibit returns without requiring strict guarantees of human rights.

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