IOM: 49 migrants rescued by commercial ship disembark in Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Forty nine migrants were rescued by a commercial ship last night and brought back to Libya on Wednesday, said the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

“The migrants were rescued by a commercial ship from the Maltese search and rescue zone and handed over to the Libyan coast guard,” IOM said via Twitter.

The migrants were disembarked in Tripoli and later transferred to a detention center there.

According to IOM, five bodies were also retrieved.

“Migrants are reporting to IOM staff that seven others are missing,” the organization tweeted.
A few days ago, Sea Watch reported that 250 migrants were drifting off Libya’s coast on 4 inflatable boats. The NGO said that one of the boats capsized on April 12 and those who were on-board are presumed dead.
IOM said it had reason to believe that this is the boat reported missing a few days ago in the Maltese search and rescue zone.

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