145 immigrants rescued off Zuwara shores, Navy spokesman says

Refugees, most of them Syrians, struggle to leave a half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees as it arrives on the Greek island of Lesbos

The spokesman of the Libyan Navy forces, Ayoub Qasim said Thursday that Zuwara coastguards have rescued 145 illegal immigrants with the help of a resident’s trawler.

Qasim told Press Solidarity that the illegal migrants were on a dinghy heading to Europe off Zuwara shores, when the engine broke down 6 miles away from northeastern Zuwara.

“The illegal immigrants are from different African countries, 26 of whom were Moroccan and 4 other were women and they are in good conditions.” Qasim added.

He also said that the immigrants were first rescued off Zuwara port beaches, then with the help of the Libyan Coast Guard personnel, they were sent to the relevant authorities.

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