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Coastguard rescues over a hundred migrants

The Libyan Coastguard rescued 107 migrants, including 20 women and a baby, some 20 miles off the coast of Tripoli last night.

Prior to the rescue, seven people in the boat died after being thrown into the sea, according to Libyan news agency LANA. Navy Chief of Staff spokesman, Ayoub Omar Qasim said those rescued, who had been trying to get to Europe, were taken to holding centres in Tripoli, from where they would be deported to their home countries.

The Coastguard has staged a number of successful rescue operations of stranded migrant boats this year. In December, it picked up 195 migrants on two vessels found during routine patrols.

Members of the Coastguard have been receiving ongoing training from the EU Border Assistance Mission to Libya EUBAM Libya, including safety at sea training, to boost the force’s ability to perform rescue operations at sea.

Yesterday, Malta’s Home Affairs Minister, Manuel Mallia, said that EU assistance to the Libyan Coastguard was one of the best ways to control the influx of migrants trying to reach European shores.

via Coastguard rescues over a hundred migrants | Libya Herald.

107 Somali migrants in tugboat that nearly capsized rescued off Libyan coast; 7 killed

By ESAM MOHAMED Associated Press

TRIPOLI, Libya — An official in Libya says the country’s coast guard has rescued 107 Somalis on a tugboat that nearly capsized while trying to reach Europe.

Col. Ayoub Qassim said Friday that the migrants included men, women and children. Qassim said the coast guard found them Thursday a few miles off the coast near the capital, Tripoli.

Qassim told journalists that after being rescued, the migrants confessed to throwing seven people into the sea to stop the ship from capsizing.

Libya remains chaotic more than two years after the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. That’s allowed it to become a prime springboard for migrants trying to reach Europe. Scores die every year while making the dangerous journey in search of a better life.

via 107 Somali migrants in tugboat that nearly capsized rescued off Libyan coast; 7 killed

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