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The Libyan Navy of the Government of National Agreement (GNA) intercepted a precarious vessel with 71 migrants on board off the coast of Al Joms, east of Tripoli, its spokesman told Efe today Ayub Qacem
According to his story, two rescue patrols mobilized after receiving a distress call and, after several hours of searching at sea, managed to locate the boat at 03.00 local time (01.00 GMT) on Sunday.
Among the rescued, all men, there are 27 Sudanese, 25 Pakistanis, 15 Egyptians, three Palestinians and a Syrian. All of them were transferred to the Navy facilities to receive medical treatment.
On the other hand, the person in charge denied information about an alleged shipwreck that happened on Saturday and that would have cost the lives of 50 migrants.
“This information is false. Our teams mobilized from Saturday morning and investigated for 24 hours until they found the boat and rescued all migrants,” said Qacem.
“We are surprised by the false news about the wreck of illegal migrants and we do not know where these means come from and what their sources are,” he added.
A total of 909 people have lost their lives drowned in trying to cross the Mediterranean irregularly to reach the coasts of Europe during the first eight months of this year, according to data from the International Organization for Migration.
According to this agency, linked to the UN, most of them, a total of 640, have perished on the central route, which connects the coast of Libya with Italy.
The deaths on this road, considered the deadliest in the world, almost triple those recorded on the border between the United States and Mexico (266) and multiply by five those in the Caribbean region (151).
Another 212 people died drowned during the first eight months of 2019 on the so-called western Mediterranean route, which flows into Spain and which has become the third deadliest in the world after the Mexican-American border.
The coasts of Libya, a country plunged into chaos and civil war since NATO contributed to the victory of the various rebel groups over the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, have become the main springboard for irregular emigration to Europe From North Africa
According to IOM data, more than 45,000 people have managed to reach Europe irregularly through the Mediterranean in the first eight months of the year, 20% less than in the same period of 2018.
Source: La Vanguardia