Libya’s coast guard on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 intercepted 117 migrants on a boat bound for Europe, including six pregnant women, before taking them back ashore, an official said.
Those intercepted on Tuesday were received by medics in Tripoli, before they were taken to accommodation in the centre of the Libyan capital.
“The 117 migrants, including six pregnant women, were intercepted off Garabulli and brought to a port in Tripoli by the coast guard’s speedboats,” Badri told AFP.
Badri did not disclose their nationality, but they are all of African origin. Following a rash of deadly shipwrecks in recent weeks which claimed the lives of hundreds of people, the UN refugee agency said the number of deaths at sea had risen sharply this year, with a record 2,814 people drowning since January.