The International Organization for Migration in Libya (IOM Libya) said yesterday that the Libyan Coast Guard successfully took ashore 81 migrants from a boat off the country’s western coast and transported them to Tripoly on Monday.
The rescue operation was carried out on Monday night when 81 migrants including 18 women and 4 children were returned to Tripoli by the Libyan Coast Guard.
“IOM staff were at the disembarkation point to provide medical screenings and emergency assistance,” the IOM Libya added.
In recent years, the Libyan shore has become the main departure point that migrants choose to cross the Mediterranean Sea trying to get to Europe.
According to the IOM Libya, there are more than 600,000 migrants in Libya, most of them are in need of assistance especially as conflict continues.
The IOM also said more than 110,000 migrants made their way to Europe through the Mediterranean in 2019, while 1,283 died on the way.