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More than 200 illegal migrants saved nearby Tripoli

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Libyan Coast Guards saved, on Sunday, 215 migrants off-Libya before reaching European coasts, including 50 women and an infant, were on two inflatable boats, one day after saving 272 Arab migrants on a wooden boat, including 60 women and a five-year-old girl.

Libyan Navy spokesperson, Ayoub Qasem, said that on Sunday, Tripoli Coast Guards saved 215 illegal migrants, from different nationalities, near Sidi Banoor area, nearly 15km east Tripoli, according to what Libyan News agency in Tripoli reported.

“Migrants, especially women, were sick and received care from the relevant authorities” Qasem added.

The 272 Arab migrants were Egyptian, Moroccan, Algerian, Sudanese, Somali, Tunisian and Syrian nationals, according to Qasem. 

“The boat was seized 8 miles off Northwest Sabratha (60 km West Tripoli) on Saturday early morning”, Qasem said. Migrants were put under supervision of the local anti-illegal migration authority.

Last Saturday, a total of 4500 migrants, in 21 operations, were captured trying to cross to Europe from the Libyan coasts, according to Italian Coast Guard.

More than 430 thousands of migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe since last January, while 2748 reported dead or lost, according to International Organization for Migration, IOM, estimates published on September 11th. 310 thousand reached Greece, 121 thousand arrived at Italy.