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UNHCR: 132 illegal immigrants rescued off Libyan coast

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said that 132 illegal immigrants have been rescued off western Libyan coast.

UNHCR tweeted that “132 refugees and migrants were intercepted/rescued early this morning and returned to Tripoli Naval Base.”

“UNHCR teams provided all survivors with assistance, food and water,” UNHCR said, adding that the rescued migrants embarked two days ago in two different boats from the western cities of Zawiya and Al Khums.

UNHCR has repeatedly stressed that Libya is not a safe port for disembarkation of rescued immigrants.

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