Over 1,000 Illegal Migrants Rescued Off Libyan Coast Last Week – IOM

06242017 The Mediterranean Sea Rescue operation of the Italian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea at 20 miles of the coasts of Libya The crew of the ship Carlo Margottini rescue has an inflatable dinghy with 121 migrants coming from Libya 120 men and 1 pregnant woman Bengalis and Africans Photo by Fabrizio Villa 8220u2013 Getty Images8221n



The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday that more than 1,000 illegal migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast and returned to Libya in the past week.

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“From July 25 to July 31, as many as 1,111 migrants were rescued or intercepted at sea and returned to Libya,” IOM said.


So far in 2021, a total of 19,393 illegal migrants, including women and children, have been rescued, while 360 died and 570 went missing off the Libyan coast on the Central Mediterranean route, according to IOM.


Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, making the North African country a preferred point of departure for illegal migrants who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.


Rescued migrants end up inside overcrowded reception centers across Libya, despite repeated international calls to close those centers.



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