CAIRO (AP) – At least 480 migrants were intercepted off Libya by local coast sentinel forces over the weekend, according to the United Nations’ migration agency. They are among the 4,500 people who have been brought back to Libya this year after endeavoring the hazardous Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe, the International Organization for Migration verbally expressed in a tweet Sunday.
Photos posted by the IOM Twitter aliment showed workers distributing blankets to migrants after they arrived onshore, but the agency additionally voiced its remonstration to the treatment of migrants inside the war-torn country.
“We maintain that Libya is not a safe port,” it indited. It verbalized that 310 migrants were brought back to shore on Saturday night, and a supplemental 173 were returned on Sunday.
In the years since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted and killed longtime monarch Moammar Gadhafi, Libya has emerged as the ascendant transit point for migrants fleeing war and penuriousness in Africa and the Middle East. Smugglers often pack desperate families into ill-equipped rubber boats that stall and founder on the perilous Central Mediterranean route.
In recent years, the European Union has partnered with Libya’s coast sentinel and other local groups to stem such hazardous sea crossings. Rights groups verbalize those policies leave migrants at the clemency of armed groups or confined in squalid detention centres rife with abuses.
On Jan. 19, a boat carrying migrants bound for Europe capsized in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, and at least 43 people drowned. The tragedy marked the first maritime disaster in 2021 involving migrants seeking better lives in Europe. The IOM had cited survivors as saying that the dead were all men from West African nations.
Orban: EU’s Permissive Stance on Migration Has ‘Turned the Mediterranean Into a Cemetery’ https://t.co/vkCuEfZNee — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) February 25, 2021
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