- Title: Libyan naval forces detain over 100 migrants after rescuing them
- Date: 6th August 2017
- Summary: TAJURA DETENTION CENTRE, TRIPOLI, LIBYA (AUGUST 6, 2017) (REUTERS) BUS WITH RECENTLY RESCUED MIGRANTS ENTERING DETENTION CENTRE COMPOUND VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS SEEN SITTING INSIDE BUS VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS GETTING OFF BUS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF LIBYA'S ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DIVISION (TAJURA BRANCH), AMIN AL-BOSPHY, SAYING: "Today, Libya's coastguard and naval forces rescued 139 migrants who were transported to a detention centre in Tajura for medical and psychological care. They will go through both local and non-local organisations." VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS SITTING ON GROUND VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS' FEET VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS BEING GIVEN WATER BY DETENTION CENTRE STAFF VARIOUS OF MIGRANT DRINKING MIGRANT WEARING LIFE JACKET SITTING ON GROUNS VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS SITTING OUTSIDE DETENTION CENTRE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUDANESE ILLEGAL MIGRANT, ABDELSALAM AL-NOUR, SAYING: "There is no doubt that we want to go to Italy is in search of a better life, a more dignified life. The conditions of our journey across the sea from this country were brutal but we had no other option but to take the risk and pray we would not die before reaching Italian shores. This was our goal." VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS WALKING INTO DETENTION CENTRE LIFE JACKETS ON GROUND AT ENTRANCE OF DETENTION CENTRE
- Embargoed: 20th August 2017 16:21
- Keywords: Libya rescues migrants Libya detains migrants migrants detained after rescue
- Location: TRIPOLI, LIBYA
- City: TRIPOLI, LIBYA
- Country: Libya
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T0Q3IF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: More than one hundred migrants were rescued by Libya's coastguard and naval forces off the coast of Tripoli on Sunday (August 6) and taken to a detention centre.
The migrants are mostly from Africa and were heading for Italy.
The rescue comes just days after the first Italian naval vessel arrived at Libyan shores, part of a limited mission to help the country curb migrant flows.
Italy announced the operation last week, saying it had been requested by Libya's U.N.-backed government.
After a surge in migrant arrivals from Libya at the start of the year, the number of newcomers has slowed. The Interior Ministry said last week that 95,215 people had reached Italy so far in 2017, down 2.7 percent from the same period in 2016.
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