Over 500 migrants returned to Libya, 20 drown says IOM

The others 'detained', 'grim human consequences'

21 July, 18:20

    CAIRO - A spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) wrote on Twitter Wednesday that: "More than 500 migrants were intercepted in the past 24 hours and were taken back to #Libya".

    The Geneva-based spokesperson, Safa Msehli, noted that: "Some 20 migrants drowned and over 230 others were intercepted and returned to #Libya today." She added that all those who survived were detained, stressing that the "unworkable State response to the situation in the #Mediterranean continues to have very grim human consequences" The Libyan interior ministry noted on its Facebook page that the P200 motorboat of the General Administration of Libyan Coastal Security had managed to save 147 undocumented migrants at dawn of several nationalities and that they had been taken to the Tripoli port and given all necessary humanitarian and medical assistance.

    The ministry added that legal proceedings had been taken against them and that they had been handed over to the authority working to counter undocumented migration.

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