439 migrants have been rescued and detained from the Mediterranean on their way to Europe illegally from Libya. The Bangladesh embassy in Libya has confirmed that there are 164 Bangladeshis among them.
The Libyan Observer reports that the country’s Coast Guard conducted two separate rescue operations on Thursday, June 10. In this operation 439 immigrants were rescued. They are all citizens of different countries in Africa and Asia. They were trying to get to Europe by sea.
A spokesman for the Libyan navy said that after the rescue, two of their ships brought migrants to the naval base in the capital, Tripoli. They have been handed over to the Illegal Immigration Prevention Authority for further processing.
At present, the asylum seekers are kept in shelters. The embassy has also searched for Bangladeshis, said Gazi Mohammad, the charge of the affairs. Asaduzzaman Kabir.
It may be mentioned that the Bangladeshi navy rescued 6 Bangladeshis in a boat sinking off the coast of Tunisia on May 18. Thirteen Bangladeshis are still missing in the incident. They were all crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.
News Room, June 13,2021