The Libyan Coast Guard, based in Tripoli, interpreted 23 migrants on Monday evening, before returning them to the Tripoli Naval Base, the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.
The migrants, who are from Bangladesh, South Sudan and Ghana, had embarked from the western city of Khoms the night before, UNHCR said.
The U.N. agency and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) were present at the site to provide “urgent assistance” for the migrants.
🚨Yesterday evening, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued/intercepted 23 individuals from Bangladesh, South Sudan and Ghana who were returned to the Tripoli Naval Base. The group initially embarked from Alkhoms, the night before. UNHCR and IRC were present to provide urgent assistance. pic.twitter.com/2AdJjqTcUq
— UNHCR Libya (@UNHCRLibya) August 17, 2021