The Address | Benghazi – Libya
KHOMAS – About 200 migrants who were on two rubber dinghies were recovered by the Libyan Coast Guard today while two other boats continue to sail northwards, Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said.
“Those who speak of ‘open ports’ help smugglers and condemn thousands of people to death,” Salvini added via Twitter.
⭕️ 200 clandestini su due gommoni recuperati dalla Guardia Costiera Libica, altri due in navigazione verso Nord.
Chi parla di “porti aperti” aiuta scafisti e condanna a morte persone, col voto alla Lega domenica garanzia di #portichiusi non solo in Italia ma in tutta Europa! pic.twitter.com/kK5Kw49JSH
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) May 23, 2019
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the rescued migrants were returned to disembarkation point at the city of Khoms, 120 Km east of Tripoli.
UNHCR and its partner the International Medical Corps (IMC) provided medical and humanitarian assistance to the migrants.
🚨 Around 200 refugees & migrants have been returned today to Al Khoms disembarkation point, 120 Km east of Tripoli.
UNHCR partner IMC provided medical & humanitarian assistance.
Only this month, over 670 persons were intercepted and returned to Alkhoms in 6 RAS interventions.
— UNHCR Libya (@UNHCRLibya) May 23, 2019