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Tripoli-based Coast Guard: Italy has provided old boats and is not intended for rescue

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Spokesman of the Tripoli-based Libyan Coast Guard, Ayoub Qassem, said in media statements on Friday that Italy has provided old boats and is not intended for rescue.

He also accused the international non-governmental organizations of seeking to reap huge profits through illegal flights to and from Libya.

Qassem revealed that the number of migrant victims reaches 120 thousand annually, because of smugglers’ use for old boats crowded with immigrants. He also said that there are many who drowned in the sea and no one knows about them.

Qassem demanded Europe to “pay billions annually to us” without which he says “the Coast Guard would not play its role properly against the waves of migration coming from Africa”. He added that Libya is not defending Europe, but defending its sovereignty.

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