14 Bangladeshis among migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Published : 22:18, May 24, 2019 | Updated : 22:37, May 24, 2019

As many as 14 Bangladeshi are among 290 migrants who have been rescued by Libya's coast guard from three sinking boats off the coast of Tripoli in two separate operations, reports international media.
The three boats carried mostly Arab and African nationals as well as 14 Bangladeshis, who were handed over to Libyan police after receiving humanitarian and medical aid, according to news agency Associated Press.
A coastguard vessel rescued 87 migrants off Qarabuli, a town 50 km (31 miles) eastern Tripoli, on an inflatable boat, Reuters reports quoting naval forces spokesman Ayoub Qassem.
The coastguard is part of Libya's Navy.
Another group of 203 migrants were rescued from two inflatable boats off Zlitin, a town 160 km (100 miles) east of the capital, Qassem said.
"The illegal migrants were found clinging to shabby and broken boats. They were rescued by patrols of coastguards on two different vessels," Qassem said.
The migrants have been handed-over to anti-illegal migration department after they were disembarked at two cities of Khomas and Janzur, said Qassem.
The western coast of Libya is the main departure point of hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing their countries from wars and poverty to reach shores of Italy.
Recently, 37 Bangladeshis are among the migrants who have died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunisian coast after it left Libya for Italy.
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