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Navy rescued 60 migrants off Libya’s western coast

PARIS, France– The migrant situation involving unemployed African seeking to cross into Europe for better life opportunities and living condition is becoming more and more uncontrollable.

On Tuesday, the Libyan navy announced that 60 migrants from several sub-Sahara African countries were rescued off the coast of the western city of Khoms, some 120 km east of the capital Tripoli.

“A report was received by the coast guards about a distress call from a boat of migrants. A search and rescue vessel was sent, and found a rubber boat with 60 migrants of different African nationalities, including a woman,” Libyan Navy Spokesman Ayob Qassem said in a statement.

The rescue operation occurred some 92 miles (148 km) off Khoms coast, the statement read.

Sources say the migrants were taken to a reception center in the city and provided with medical and humanitarian assistance.

Migrant flows from western Libya toward Europe have increased considerably during the past few months because of improved weather conditions.

According migration experts familiar with the situation, Libya is a preferred point of departure for illegal immigrants who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea toward Europe because of poverty, unemployment, insecurity and chaos in some African nations including Libya.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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