Friday, October 22, 2021

IOM: More than 1,600 migrants rescued off Libyan coast in past week

IOM: More than 1,600 migrants rescued off Libyan coast in past week

TRIPOLI – Nearly 1,600 illegal migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast and returned to Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday.

“In the period of 13-19 June, 1,594 migrants were rescued/intercepted at sea and returned to Libya,” the organization said.

In 2021, 14,388 illegal migrants, including women and children, have been rescued, while 194 died and 492 went missing off the Libyan coast on the Central Mediterranean route, according to the organization.