Libyan Coast Guard saves 270 migrants and recovers two dead

Two victims were women in area of shipwreck

08 January, 10:43

    CAIRO - The Libyan Coast Guard on Monday announced in a statement that it saved 270 migrants of "various African nationalities" aboard two boats, and recovered the bodies of two women in an area of sea off the coast of Gasr Garabulli (Castelverde), east of Tripoli.
    The statement, posted on Facebook, said the operation was conducted Sunday by the patrol boat "Sabrata".
    The migrants were taken to the Tripoli naval base "where they were provided with medical assistance and food under the supervision of the international medical organism, the International Organization for Migrants, and the High Commissioner for Refugees," the statement said, making an implicit reference to IOM and UNHCR.
    "Some of them were taken to hospital" and then all of them "were taken to the reception centre for illegal migrants", the statement said.
    Two days ago off the coast of Gasr Garabulli a rubber dinghy sunk, leaving at least eight confirmed deaths and numerous missing.

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