Libyan coastguards rescue 400 immigrants

    Migrants reacued by Libyan coastguards off Garabulli. [Photo: Internet]

Libya’s coastguard said Friday it had rescued almost 400 migrants in four separate operations this week.

“Coastguard patrols rescued 391 clandestine migrants” from inflatable boats in operations on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, navy spokesman General Ayoub Kacem said in a statement.

He said Monday’s mission saw 117 migrants rescued off the coastal town of Zliten, some 140 kilometres east of Tripoli and a key departure point for sub-Saharan migrants launching desperate bids to reach Europe.

A further 45 were rescued on Tuesday off the port of Khoms while 97 and 132 were respectively rescued in two operations off the same town on Thursday, he said.

Most of the migrants, from sub-Saharan African countries and Asia, were placed in facilities in Khoms, Zliten and Soug el-Khamis.

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