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More than 13,000 migrants have been intercepted in the sea off Libya’s coasts this year

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Libyan Coast Guard rescued and intercepted 13,575 refugees and migrants, including 9289 men, 2,085 women and 1,345 children, in 101 operations since the beginning of the year, and recovered 99 bodies in Libyan waters, while 608 people were lost in the sea, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

These statistics were up to September 20th, UNHCR explained.

Because of the security situation in Tripoli in August and September, the number of people who have arrived in Libya has dropped significantly compared to the previous months, 2167 in July, 552 in August and 390 so far in September,” the UNHCR added.

On September 16, 58 refugees and migrants who were rescued and intercepted at sea were dropped in al-Zawiya town, 45 km west of Tripoli. The group included 46 men, 10 women and two children.

UNHCR and its international medical company provided basic relief and medical assistance both at the point of arrival and in the detention center to which the individuals were later transferred.

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