The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that 31 illegal immigrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast.
On August 17, sharing the information through its official Twitter handle, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, “IOM staff are at the disembarkation point in Tripoli, to provide emergency assistance to 31 migrants returned to shore by the coast guard.”
The tweet added, “Over 7,000 migrants have so far been intercepted and returned to Libya this year. Most end up in arbitrary detention.”
Owing to the Libyan crisis, immigrant shelters in Libya have been overcrowded with migrants despite repeated international calls to close them. It even augments the threat of COVID-19 in the country.
Libya has been mired in a state of insecurity and chaos since 2011, making the North African country a preferred point of departure for thousands of illegal immigrants who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea toward Europe.