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UN company: Libyan navy intercepts over 80 EU-bound migrants

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CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s coast guard intercepted on Friday greater than 80 Europe-bound migrants within the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the North African nation, the U.N. migration company stated.The migrants had been returned to Libyan soil, stated the International Organization for Migration. They will almost definitely be held beneath dire circumstances in detention facilities that Libya has turn out to be infamous for.“So far this year, some 300 people, including women and children, were returned to the country and ended up in detention,” stated the IOM. “We reiterate that no one should be returned to Libya.”The IOM posted pictures on Twitter displaying its employees members talking with largely African male migrants on a Libyan pier.This was the second interception off Libya in as many days. Late Thursday, the IOM stated the Libyan navy returned to Libya one other 86 migrants, together with seven ladies and 19 youngsters, who had been intercepted earlier within the Mediterranean.In the years for the reason that 2011 rebellion that ousted and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, war-torn Libya has emerged because the dominant transit level for migrants fleeing struggle and poverty in Africa and the Middle East. Smugglers typically pack determined households into ill-equipped rubber boats that stall and founder alongside the perilous Central Mediterranean route.On Tuesday, a ship carrying migrants certain for Europe capsized within the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, and a minimum of 43 individuals drowned. The tragedy marked the primary maritime catastrophe in 2021 involving migrants in search of higher lives in Europe. The IOM had cited survivors as saying that the useless had been all males from West African nations.In current years, the EU has partnered with Libya’s coast guard and different native teams to stem such harmful sea crossings. Rights teams, nonetheless, say these insurance policies go away migrants on the mercy of armed teams or confined in squalid detention facilities rife with abuses.Also on Friday, SOS Mediterranee, tweeted that its rescue ship Ocean Viking, discovered and rescued two rubber boats in misery, carrying 140 individuals, together with ladies and kids. Earlier, Alarm Phone, a disaster hotline for migrants tweeted that these two boats had taken off from Libyan shores.

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