The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday said that more than 3,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued off the Libyan coast so far this year.
“As of 24 April, 3,078 refugees and migrants have been registered as rescued/intercepted at sea by the Libyan Coast Guard and disembarked in Libya,” said the UNHCR.
“UNHCR and its partner, the International Rescue Committee, continue to be present to provide medical assistance and core relief items at disembarkation points,” it added.
The UN refugee agency also said that there are currently 48,627 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya, adding that it requires more than 85 million U.S. dollars for its activities in 2020.
Thousands of illegal immigrants, mostly Africans, chose to cross the Mediterranean from Libya towards Europe, due to the state of insecurity and chaos in the North African nation following the fall of its leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Despite international calls to close them, immigrant shelters in Libya are crowded with thousands of immigrants either rescued from the sea or arrested by Libyan security forces.