The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said 357 illegal immigrants were rescued and returned to Libya.
“90 people returned last night to Tripoli and 267 to Zawiya. “54 women and 22 children were among them,” the UNHCR wrote on Twitter.
“The ship returned to Tripoli with 90 people on board was offshore for two days. “UNHCR and IRC provided medical assistance to all survivors,” he said.
Many illegal immigrants, mostly Africans, choose to cross the Mediterranean to European shores from Libya, given the chaos and uncertainty that has plagued the North African country since the fall of the regime of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
According to the UNHCR, about 28,000 illegal immigrants have been rescued and returned to Libya so far this year.
The rescued migrants were sent inside reception centers throughout Libya, despite repeated international calls for the closure of these centers.
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