News Roundup - Wed, Jul 26, 2017

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News Roundup - Wed, Jul 26, 2017

July 26, 2017 - 16:16
Written by: HousamNajjair

The Libyan Coast Guard rescued 281 illegal immigrants from different African nationalities off the shores of Tripoli and Zawiyah on Wednesday. Affiliated groups to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), registered the immigrants on special lists and after collecting all the information needed, said they will be deported 

The British Embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli has announced that they will be training nine different security personnel in Libya, including the military engineering unit from the city of Benghazi on demining techniques in the state of Kosovo.  

The embassy posted a video showing pictures of Libyan youths training in demining as well as guidance on how to deal with the threat of mines on its official Facebook page.

The embassy also explained that this training comes within the framework of a joint project aimed at surveying and securing large areas in the west of the country, but the focus of the project in the next phase is the removal of mines from Benghazi.

The Italian Coast Guard announced the death of a number of illegal immigrants after a boat sank off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, according to news sources.

A French news agency also quoted the Proactiva Open Arms Charity Group as saying that thirteen bodies were found by a humanitarian rescue boat in a rubber boat off the Libyan coast, which was carrying more than 160 migrants in total. According to those at the scene, the number of migrants mentioned included a pregnant woman and were all found on a rubber boat packed with migrants off the coast.

The European Union extended the mission in Libya named Sofia on Tuesday. The mission is involved in combating illegal immigration in the Mediterranean and the extension is to last until 31 December 2018.

The EU was quoted as saying through the Italian agency AKI that they will modify the mandate of work crews on the Sofia mission so as to include a new establishment of monitoring the trainees to ensure efficiency within the Libyan Coast Guard in the Long-term.

The EU also said that the amendment will also include new surveillance and information gathering on human traffickers and oil smugglers in Libya, adding that the Sofia mission has been entrusted with the task of enhancing information exchanging with other rescue agencies of EU member states, Frontex and Europol in all matters relating to human trafficking.

The British Ambassador to Libya, Peter Millett, welcomed the joint statement made in Paris between Sarraj and Haftar in support of the LPA agreement signed in Skhirat, and emphasized more support by the British Embassy to the work and progress of the UN through the new envoy Ghassan Salamé.

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