Around 550 migrants are returned to Libya after being intercepted in the Mediterranean

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), around 550 migrants were returned to Libya on the last day after being intercepted in multiple boats in the Mediterranean trying to reach European shores.

The UNHCR mission in Libya has stated that around 500 people landed in Azauiya on Sunday “after being rescued / intercepted in a wooden boat”. “There are people from Somalia, Sudan, Bangladesh and Syria in the group,” he said.

Around 550 migrants are returned to Libya after being intercepted in the Mediterranean
Around 550 migrants are returned to Libya after being intercepted in the Mediterranean

He then announced via his account on the social network Twitter that another 56 people, including three children, went ashore in the port of the capital Tripoli after they were intercepted in the Mediterranean when their boat had a technical defect.

These landings took place the day after the death of two people from the sinking of a boat in the Mediterranean Sea, an event that left around 40 missing and around 90 rescued people, including three minors, dead.

“Legal channels are necessary for those seeking international protection,” stressed UNHCR. Libya, which has been in conflict for almost a decade, has become one of the starting points for many migrants on their way to Europe. Most of them embark on a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), around 1,360 migrants have died or been reported missing while trying to reach European shores this year.

Similarly, around 50,850 migrants were intercepted at sea, while around 66,322 managed to complete the trip and reach Europe, the international organization states on its website.

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