Libya Rescues Over 1,500 Migrants Off Coast In Week
Umer Jamshaid 23 days ago Thu 11th February 2021 | 10:20 AM
Tripoli, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Feb, 2021 ) :Libya has rescued more than 1,500 would-be migrants off its west coast in the past week, a non-governmental organisation said.
On Wednesday alone, 240 African migrants were rescued from two boats off the port city of Al-Khums, said Lieutenant-Colonel Mohammed Abdel Aali of the coastguard.
Migrants intercepted off the Libyan coast object to being returned to the country, preferring to wait for humanitarian rescue ships.
Despite unabated violence in Libya since the fall of Moamer Kadhafi's regime in 2011, the country remains an important transit point for migrants fleeing instability in other parts of Africa and the middle East and seeking to reach Europe.
Veronica Alfonsi, a spokeswoman for the Spanish aid ship Open Arms, confirmed to AFP on Wednesday that around 200 people had been returned to Libya.