Libyan navy rescues more than 100 migrants bound for Italy

Libyan navy rescues more than 100 migrants bound for Italy

Libyan naval forces have rescued more than 100 migrants whose vessel ran into engine trouble on the way from the Libyan coast to Italy, authorities said on Monday.

Caught in a conflict between two rival governments and various armed factions, Libya has become a major route for traffickers taking advantage of the chaos to transport people from the North African coast to Europe, fuelling the continent’s worst migration crisis since World War Two.

“Naval forces rescued 108 illegal migrants from the middle of the sea,” naval spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. “They are from different African countries.”

Two more migrants died, and two of those rescued were in serious condition. Read more

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