UN: 144 migrants rescued at sea have been sent to Libya

More than 600,000 migrants have reached Italy by sea from North Africa since 2014

More than 140 refugees and migrants rescued at sea have landed in Misrata, Libya, and been taken to a detention centre, the United Nations says.

But the UN has made clear it has done so reluctantly.

“In Libya’s current context, where outbreaks of violence and widespread human rights violations prevail, no rescued refugees and migrants should be returned there,” Charlie Yaxley, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency UNHCR said.

He has denounced “politicking around sea rescues” by European countries that have restricted aid groups from conducting missions.

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