The authorities in Libya confirmed that the Libyan Coast Guard on September 19 intercepted as many as 128 migrants off the country’s western coast. The migrants are Asian, African and Arab nationals, said the Anti-Illegal Immigration Department.
Adding further, the department said “The Coast and Ports Guard handed over to the Tripoli reception centre 128 illegal immigrants, who were on rubber boats (at sea),” and they have been provided with the humanitarian assistance.
As per the data available with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), over 8,400 irregular migrants have been intercepted and returned to Libya in 2020.
It must be noted that after the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s government in 2011, Libya has been plagued by a state of insecurity and chaos, prompting thousands of irregular migrants to attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe.