Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

The International Organization for Migration reported that 241 migrants were intercepted in the Mediterranean and forcibly returned to Libya by Libyan Coast Guard forces during the period from 2 to 8 June.

According to the organization, the number of migrants intercepted during the year 2024 has reached 7,100 migrants from the Mediterranean to Libyan territory, to date.

The international organization stated that the number of deaths reached 282 deaths and 449 missing people during the first half of the year.

Commenting on this, the Libyan Foundation for Human Rights said: “In continuation of the policies of repelling and intercepting migrant boats in the open Mediterranean, forcibly returning them to Libya, and keeping them there, despite the potential risks to their safety and lives as a result of their forced return to Libya, as well as despite UN and international warnings and demands.” Regarding stopping the forced returns of boats of irregular migrants, considering that Libya is an unsafe country, and the safety of migrants there is at risk.”

Libya, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, is a crossing point for many irregular migrants to Europe, while thousands of them are languishing in Libyan prisons.

Libya repeatedly complains that Europe has abandoned it in the face of irregular migration, saying that it is a country of “transit only, not a country of origin.”

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