72 migrants have been intercepted by the Libyan coast guard, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on July 25.
Announcing the development on the micro-blogging site Twitter, the UNHCR tweeted, “72 people were brought back to Tripoli Naval Port by Libyan Coast Guard late last night. UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee provided water, food and medical help.” Adding further it said that the groups were being moved to detention.
Stressing that Libya is not a safe port for disembarkation, the UNHCR called for alternatives to the detention of migrants. Expressing its support to the Libyan authorities to identify and implement alternatives to detention in Libya and putting an end to the arbitrary detention of refugees and asylum-seekers, the UNHCR called for renewed action against human trafficking in Libya.