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UNHCR says 72 migrants intercepted off Libyan coast

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Saturday said that 72 migrants have been intercepted by the Libyan coast guard off the country’s western coast.

The UNHCR tweeted that “72 people were brought back to Tripoli Naval Port by Libyan Coast Guard late last night. UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee provided water, food, medical help.” It added that the group were being moved to detention on Saturday.

The UNHCR stressed that Libya is not a safe port for disembarkation, and called for alternatives to the detention of migrants.

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