The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – 131 migrants, 13 of whom are minors, were brought back to Libya by the Tripoli-based Coast Guard after attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday.
“IOM teams were at the disembarkation point in Tripoli to provide emergency assistance to the migrants,” the UN agency said in a tweet.
Migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe are regularly being picked up by the Libyan authorities and returned to Libya. The returnees are held in detention centers in the west of the country where they endure severe human rights abuses at the hands of militias backed by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).
IOM estimates that more than 5,400 migrants have been rescued and returned to Libya so far in 2020, compared with 9,200 in 2019.
🚨 Breaking: 131 migrants were returned to Libya this morning by the coast guard.
Among them were 13 minors.
IOM teams were at the disembarkation point in Tripoli to provide emergency assistance to the migrants. pic.twitter.com/lAGoSWohrN
— IOM Libya (@IOM_Libya) July 22, 2020