Libya has been a preferred departure point for migrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea toward the European shores but the International Organization for Migration has been raising its concern about the disembarkation of the migrants at the Libyan coast pertaining to the increasing security threats in the nation.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) giving information about the rescued immigrants tweeted, “200+ migrants were just returned to Libya. In the past few days, six boats carrying 500+ migrants departed from Libya. Most of them were returned by the coast guard”.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) added that the rescued immigrants, including women and children, were still on the Libyan coast guard’s vessel and have not disembarked yet due to fighting in the area.
IOM estimates that there are currently 650,000 illegal immigrants in Libya, many of whom lack medical care and basic needs.