Libyan coastguards rescue 283 migrants, recover 11 bodies in 2 separate operations

Libyan coastguards rescue 283 migrants, recover 11 bodies in 2 separate operations

April 22, 2018 - 22:53
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Coast Guard recovered Sunday the bodies of 11 illegal immigrants and rescued 283 others in two separate operations off the Libyan coast.

Media office of the Libyan Coast Guard said on Facebook that the 11 bodies along with 83 migrants were recovered and rescued off Al-Zawiya shores, adding that they were taken to Al-Zawiya refinery for aids before being sent to the illegal immigration authority in the city.

The Spokesman for the Libyan Navy, Ayoub Qassim, told Xinhua that the rescued migrants were from African countries aboard a broken-down-engine boat.

The second operation saw the rescue of 200 migrants including 38 women and one child, off Zlitin shores onboard two dinghies, the media office added, saying they were sent to Tripoli naval base then later for the illegal immigration detention center at Treeq Siqqa.

Meanwhile, Italy's Interior Ministry said Friday that immigrants' flow dropped by 79.4% in the first months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.