100s of migrants rescued off Tripoli: coastguard

Libya Channel with agencies

More than 200 migrants including 50 women have been rescued off the coast of Tripoli, the Libyan coastguard said on Sunday, just a day after Italy said over 4,500 people were saved off Libya.

The country’s rival government in Tripoli, quoting coastguard officials said the migrants and refugees were from different countries, and traveling in two inflatable vessels.

“Among them were more than 50 women and an infant … on board two rubber dinghies in the Sidi Bannour region,” 15 kilometres (nine miles) northeast of Tripoli, AFP reported.

The rescue operation which took place on Saturday, saw some 272 migrants, including 60 women and a  five-year-old girl rescued, AFP reported.

Those rescued mainly came from North Africa but also included Syrians, it said, adding their boats were intercepted off Sabrata, west of Tripoli.

“They have been delivered to authorities who coordinate anti-illegal immigration efforts in the region,” a spokesman told AFP.

It came on the same day the Italian coastguard announced that more than 4,5000 people from nine boats and 12 dinghies had been rescued of the Libyan coast in a single day.
The body of a woman was also recovered.


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