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Tripoli-based Navy denies that any migrants drowned on Friday

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Spokesman for the Tripoli-based Libyan Navy, Ayoub Omar Qassem, denied that there were drownings in the case of the dinghy rescue on Friday.

Qassem told Italian news agency ANSA that there were “no dead” but he could not provide more details on the rescue.

Late Friday evening, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued a dinghy with about 100 migrants on board. Proactiva Open Arms, a non-governmental organization based in the Mediterranean, informed the Libyan Coast Guard of the dinghy but said that unknown number of migrants have already drowned before the Libyan Coast Guard arrived.

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