Libyan Coast Guard rescues nearly 500 migrants near Tripoli


No fewer than 493 migrants have been picked up by Libya’s Coast Guard this week alone in areas surrounding the country’s capital Tripoli.

Coast Guard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said the migrants, including 28 women and five children, are from sub-Saharan, Arab and Asian countries.

They were picked up on six inflatable boats in six different operations, and have since been moved to various detention centres run by the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord.

Libya’s western coast is a major departure point for migrants fleeing conflict and poverty and hoping for new lives in Europe.


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