900 African Refugees Including 25 Children on Their Way to Europe Rescued Off Libyan Coast
As many as 900 Refugee migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya by their coast guard. The migrants, who were sailing in five different boats, were rescued seven miles off the coast of Sabratha.
Out of the 900, 98 of them were women and 25 were children who were headed to Western Libya. Libyan Navy Spokesperson Ayoub Qassem informed that the coast guards patrol the nearby coast of Zawiya city on Friday. This was reported by the Xinhua news agency.
Ayoub Qassem has also informed that the refugee migrants are of Arab as well as African origins, including three from Libya. The rubber boats had been perforated and submerged, and there also was a wooden boat which was large enough but had no engine.
The rescue operation lasted as long as seven hours.
The smugglers and illegal dealers have been taking advantage of this refugee crisis, adding to the chaos and insecurity. They have been sending refugees towards the European countries through the Mediterranean Sea which has caused several deaths of migrants due to drowning.
Sabratha is located 75 km west of the capital city of Tripoli and happens to be one of the busiest illegal immigration departure spots in the country of Libya.
The International Organisation for Migration has informe on yesterday that in the year of 2017 so far more than 9,000 Migrants have been rescued in Libyan waters alone. The Coastguards of Italy have also announced of more than 1,000 migrants were rescued on Thursday who was traveling in nine wooden boats off the coast of Libya.