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70 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Xinhua
14 Oct 2021, 12:30 GMT+10

TRIPOLI, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Libyan Navy on Wednesday said a Coast Guard patrol rescued 70 illegal migrants off the country's Western coast.

The migrants had remained at sea for three days and was about to drown when the patrol rescued them, the Libyan Navy said.

The rescued migrants include 11 women and seven children, it said, adding that they were taken to Tripoli Naval Base, provided with humanitarian and medical assistance, and handed over to the anti-illegal immigration department.

Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, making the North African country a preferred point of departure for illegal migrants who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.

Rescued migrants end up inside overcrowded reception centers across Libya, despite repeated international calls to close those centers.

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