Migrants aboard a rubber dinghy in a recent rescue operation off the Libyan coast. Credit: EPA | Javier Martin
Migrants aboard a rubber dinghy in a recent rescue operation off the Libyan coast. Credit: EPA | Javier Martin

Libyan coast guards have rescued 115 migrants off Mellitah, west of Tripoli, according to a statement posted on Facebook by Libya's Navy. At least five were reported dead in the shipwreck.

Libyan coast guards rescued 115 migrants, including two children and 22 women aboard a rubber dinghy taking on water some eight miles north of Mellitah, west of Tripoli, the Libyan Navy said in a statement published on Facebook Tuesday. They were also reportedly able to ''recover five bodies,'' including three men and two women, according to the statement.

The coast guard vessel "Ras Jedir" carried out the rescue operation and saved migrants from different African countries and four Pakistanis. The statement said high waves had "destroyed part of the dinghy" and "some undocumented migrants fell into the sea," without elaborating.

Migrants taken to Tripoli

The survivors arrived at the naval base of Tripoli after 5:30 pm local time and received "humanitarian and medical assistance." They were then "handed over to the organization for the fight against illegal immigration, the hosting center of Tariq Al-Sekka," concluded the statement, referring to an institution in the Libyan capital.

76 more migrants rescued

Libyan Navy Libyan coast guards "were able to rescue" an additional 76 migrants on Monday, including "12 women and two children" who were aboard a dinghy "north of Zawiya," according to a statement posted to Facebook. The rescue operation was carried out by the "Sabratha" cutter and the migrants "of different African nationalities" arrived in Tripoli shortly before midnight and received "humanitarian and medical care," according to the statement.

 

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