Libya Coastguard Rescues Migrants

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A Libyan spokesman said Libya’s coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children on Monday off the shores of two different towns west of the capital Tripoli.

The coastguards near Zawiya refinery rescued 128 people about 23 km (14 miles) off the coast and another 150 were rescued off Sabratha, according to the spokesman of Libyan naval forces Ayoub Qaseed.

The migrants were mostly from sub-Saharan African countries, though there was also one from Bangladesh and two from Egypt.

The coastal towns to the west of Tripoli – Zawiya, Sabratha, and Zuwarah – are common departure points for migrants trying to reach Europe, often sent out by smugglers in flimsy vessels.

 

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