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IOM: 68 migrants rescued by Italian Coast Guard after they left Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LAMPEDUSA – Spokesperson of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Flavio Di Giacomo, stated via Twitter on Friday that the Italian Coast Guard rescued 68 migrants.

Di Giacomo stated that migrants, whom are now in the Italian island of Lampedusa, were rescued after they left from Zuwarah, Libya, on Wednesday night.

In a separate incident, the Italian navy rescued three migrants off the Libyan coasts following a shipwreck. However, about 117 migrants still missing and feared to be dead. The three survivors are in difficult conditions and have been brought to Lampedusa, according to Di Giacomo.

Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, commented on the incident via Twitter: “More dead off Libya. As long as the European ports remain open, as long as someone continues to help the traffickers, unfortunately the smugglers will continue to do business and kill.”

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