Libya Faces Waves of Illegal Immigrants

“Libya faces wave of Illegal Immigrants,” by Essam Mohammad for Magharebia:

Libyan naval forces in the last week intercepted hundreds of illegal African migrants on boats bound for Europe.

Forty-seven harragas from Niger, Ghana and Senegal, including five women, were rescued last Thursday (April 10th) by a tugboat from al-Bouri oilfield 100 nautical miles off shore, according to Mohamed al-Bati, the vice-chairman of marine operations at Tripoli seaport. One of the women was pregnant.

Al-Bati noted that authorities had prior information about three boats trying to set sail towards Europe from Libya, more precisely from Qarbuli, a suburb located east of Tripoli…


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