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Libya navy rescues 200 illegal immigrants

| Updated: November 07, 2017 11:28:41

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The Libyan navy rescued 200 illegal immigrants from a rubber boat that crashed into the western Libyan shores on Saturday, said a navy official.

The rescued migrants include women who are of African nationalities, documentation officer of the Libyan navy, Mahmoud Shabrak told Xinhua news agency.

Immigrants who have been rescued by the Libyan navy are detained in receptions centers with poor living conditions.

Libya is a preferred point of departure for illegal immigrants who want to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores, due to the insecurity and chaos in the country since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. However, many of the immigrants drowned in the half-way.

The Libyan navy announced on Oct 21 that a total of 8,997 illegal immigrants had been rescued off Libyan coast in the first half of 2017.

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