The Libyan Coast Guard, based in Tripoli, intercepted 61 migrants on Wednesday night, the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday.
The migrants were disembarked at the Tripoli Commercial Port where UNHCR and its partner the International Rescue Committee (IRC) were on the ground to “provide urgent humanitarian assistance,” the U.N. agency said.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 22,045 migrants were returned to Libya since the beginning of this year, 19,583 of whom are men and 1,507 are women. A total of 794 minors were among the returnees.
🚨Last night, a total 61 individuals were rescued/intercepted by the Libyan Coast Guard. They were disembarked at the Tripoli Commercial Port where UNHCR and partner IRC were on the ground to provide urgent humanitarian assistance. pic.twitter.com/KoDkH3IgVP
— UNHCR Libya (@UNHCRLibya) August 19, 2021