164 Bangladeshis rescued from the Mediterranean Sea
File photo: Surviving migrants are brought aboard Irish and Italian Navy lifeboats to the area where their wooden boat capsized and sank off the coast of Libya on August 5, 2015
They had been taken to the Tripoli naval base following the rescue operation
No less than 439 migrants, including 164 Bangladeshis, were rescued and detained by the Libyan Mediterranean Coast Guard on their way to Europe.
Bangladesh’s mission to Libya confirmed the matter to the media.
The coast guard rescued the 439 migrants – all African and Asian – from several boats at sea on Thursday.
They had been taken to the Tripoli naval base following the rescue operation, a Libyan navy spokesperson said.
They were later turned over to immigration authorities. The detained migrants are currently in a reception camp.
At least 9,216 migrants trying to reach Europe by sea were rescued by the coast guard in May 2021.
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The number was 7,100 in the first five months of last year, according to Libyan Interior Minister Khaled Tijani Mazen.
Data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees indicates that 11,000 migrants from different countries entered Libya illegally by sea from January to April of this year.
More than 700 migrants died between January and May 21 while trying to cross the sea. Last year 1,400 people died trying to do so.
Recall that on May 18, the Tunisian navy rescued 68 Bangladeshis after a boat transporting them capsized at sea. Thirteen Bangladeshis are still missing.
They were on their way to the Italian coast from Libya when the boat capsized in the sea.