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Migrants rescued by cargo ship refuse to disembark at Libyan port

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MISURATA – Some 95 migrants picked up by a cargo ship off the Libyan coast have refused to disembark in the western city of Misurata, Reuters reported on Monday.

A cargo ship bound for Misurata rescued on Thursday around 95 migrants whose boat was about to sink, Rida Essa, a Misurata-based coast guard commander, told Reuters.

He said coast guard vessels had been unable to reach the site of the accident so the cargo ship brought them to Misurata, Libya’s biggest port.

“They [migrants] did not want to leave the ship…We tried to negotiate with them and this has lasted for three days,” he said, adding that two migrants had eventually left.

Migrants picked up by the Libyan guard are being brought to detention centers where they face ill-treatment and abuse, the U.N. refugee agency said in a report in September.

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