Libya : security forces rescue 158 migrants off the Mediterranean sea

Good summer weather pushes transnational illegal organizations to transporting more and more migrants to Europe through Libyan territory © RR

Casablanca, (ADV) – Libyan navy on Monday rescued 158 illegal immigrants, including women and children, off the country’s western coast.

Immigrants included 115 men, 34 women and nine children. The rescued immigrants are of different African nationalities.

Libyan security forces on Monday recovered eight bodies of illegal immigrants, who suffocated to death inside a closed truck, in the western city of Zuwara.

Due to the state of insecurity and chaos in the country since the 2011 western coalition that led to toppling former guide of the revolution, Kaddafi, Libya became a preferred point of departure for illegal immigrants wanting to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores.

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