700 migrants including Libyans rescued from two rickety boats off Sabratha shores

Libyan Navy patrols, working in Al-Zawiya Oil Refinery, said they had intercepted two boats off Sabratha shores on Sunday and rescued 700 illegal immigrants onboard.

The Spokesman of the Libyan Naval Forces, Colonel Ayoub Qasim, said that among the immigrants, who were mostly from African countries, were some Libyan nationals as well as Syrian, Tunisian, Palestinian and other Arab nationals.

“Our patrol, which was going to rescue the boats, was shot at by the migrants, who wanted to foil our attempt to intercept them and disallow their journey to Europe.” Qasim added.

He added that the migrants were sent to the Oil Refinery naval center for humanitarian and medical care before they get transported to the Illegal Immigration Shelter Center in Al-Zawiya.

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