More than 1,100 illegal migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast and returned to Libya last week, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
“Between July 25 and 31, up to 1,111 migrants were rescued or intercepted at sea and returned to Libya,” IOM said.
Since the start of 2021, a total of 19,393 migrants, including women and children, have been rescued, while 360 have lost their lives and 570 others have disappeared off the Libyan coast along the Mediterranean route. central, says the same source.
Libya is an important crossing point for tens of thousands of migrants each year seeking to reach Europe via the Italian coasts, some 300 km away.
Despite the danger of the crossing, the departures of migrants from the Libyan coast have increased in recent months.
According to the IOM, there are now more than 4,000 people in detention centers in Libya, while thousands more are missing.
The economic instability in Libya due to the health crisis, the lull in the fighting in Tripoli and the mild weather may explain the increase in attempted departures and dismissals in Libya.