Libya: Over 650 migrants rescued off Libya coast in 2 days

Libya: Over 650 migrants rescued off Libya coast in 2 days

TRIPOLI, Libya, (AA): A total of 657 undocumented migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coasts in two days, the Libyan navy affiliated to the National Reconciliation government agency said on Sunday.

The navy in a statement said that on Monday they had rescued 167 migrants including four children and 24 women.

On Sunday, 490 were rescued after their boat was submerged because of a heavy storm, the statement added.

However, another report from Libya said they had rescued 948 migrants in three separate operations on Sunday according to Navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem.

In all a total of 2,000 migrants were either intercepted or assisted by the Libyan navy in the Mediterranean since Wednesday.

Meanwhile,  a Danish container ship was still stranded off the coast of Pozzallo, Italy, on June 25, after it picked up 113 migrants from a boat June 22.

In addition, Spanish authorities on June 23 said that they had rescued 569 migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa to Spain by boat.

Last month, the UN migration agency said that so far 655 migrants and refugees, who were trying to reach Europe, had died in the Mediterranean this year.

 

Libya: Over 650 migrants rescued off Libya coast in 2 days