Libyan coast guards rescue 61 immigrants off western coast


Libya’s coast guards said they rescued 61 illegal immigrants off the country’s western coast, Trend reported citing Xinhua.

The immigrants were on a broken rubber boat 30 miles (48 km) off the coast of the capital Tripoli when they were found, the coast guards said in a statement.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Higher Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) provided necessary assistance to the immigrants before they were taken to a reception center in eastern Tripoli.

Due to the insecurity and chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled the late leader Gaddafi’s government, Libya becomes a preferred point of departure for thousands of illegal immigrants wanting to cross the Mediterranean toward European shores.