Libyan security arrests 27 illegal immigrants

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The Ministry of Interior of Libya’s government on Monday said it arrested 27 illegal immigrants, including women and children, as they were preparing to cross the sea towards Europe, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

“Members of the emergency police department of the Western Security Directorate arrested 27 illegal immigrants of different Arab nationalities, including seven women and 12 children, while they were preparing for illegal immigration through the sea,” the Ministry said in a statement.

Thousands of immigrants choose to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe, given the state of chaos and insecurity that plagued Libya following the 2011 uprising that toppled the late leader Muammar Gaddafi.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), nearly 7,000 illegal immigrants have been rescued and returned to Libya so far this year, while 9,225 illegal immigrants have been rescued and returned to Libya in 2019.