Libyan navy rescues 450 migrants off western Libyan coast

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-24 03:42:24|Editor: Zhou Xin
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TRIPOLI, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Libyan naval forces on Thursday rescued 450 illegal African immigrants off the coast of the capital Tripoli, Libyan navy spokesman said.

"Coast Guard patrols managed to rescue 450 illegal immigrants of different African nationalities one mile off Tripoli coast in two separate operations," the navy spokesman Ayob Qassem told Xinhua.

"All migrants have been rescued, and non of them died or drowned. They have been transferred to the Anti-Illegal Immigration Department in Tripoli to be transferred to housing shelters, after they have been provided with necessary medical assistance by the International Organization for Migration," Qassem added.

Due to the insecurity and chaos in Libya, thousands of migrants choose to cross Mediterranean towards European shores.

Immigrants who are rescued by Libyan navy are detained in housing centers with poor living conditions. However, the Libyan Minister of Interior, Al-Aref Al-Khoja, on Thursday said the government has improved living conditions of the country's immigration housing centers.