The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported some 550 migrants intercepted Thursday and Friday in the Mediterranean by the Libyan coast guard and returned to Libya.
“Migrants had left on several inflatable boats in the hope of reaching European coasts. All were sent to detention, ”tweeted Safa Msehli, communications officer at the IOM office in Libya.
There are now around 4,000 people in detention centers in Libya, while thousands more are missing. Since the start of the year, around 11,000 migrants have been intercepted at sea by the Libyan coast guard and returned to the country, she added.
‼ ️ Over 200 migrants were intercepted today by the Libyan coast guard.
Like 11,000 others this year, they end up detained in appalling conditions, extorted and abused. pic.twitter.com/GUd3wO3Sfo
– Safa Msehli (@msehlisafa) June 11, 2021
Despite the danger of the crossing, the departures of migrants from the Libyan coast have increased in recent months, especially after improving weather conditions.