UNHCR: Libya’s coastguards rescued 6060 immigrants so far in 2021

As of 5 May, 6,060 refugees and immigrants have been registered as rescued/intercepted at sea by the Libyan Coast Guard and disembarked in Libya, UNHCR said in a statement.

UNHCR explained that on 2 May, a boat was feared to have sunk off the coast of Libya while carrying an unknown number of immigrants, adding that local fishermen rescued some 12 people while several bodies were washed ashore near Al-Zawiya (45 km west of Tripoli).

“On 1 May, a total of 174 individuals were disembarked at the Tripoli Naval Base. UNHCR and its medical partner, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), were present at the disembarkation point to provide urgent medical assistance and core relief items (CRIs) before individuals were transferred to detention centres by the Libyan authorities.” UNHCR indicated.

It also said that registration of refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya was still ongoing, adding that last week, the reception team received and processed a total of 475 individuals, including 67 individuals with refugee-status determination and resettlement appointments.

UNHCR said it also registered 291 individuals mainly from Sudan (203) but also Syria (52), Eritrea (23), South Sudan (6), Palestine (3), Somalia (2), Ethiopia (1) and Yemen (1).

“The newly registered individuals were provided with UNHCR certificates. So far in 2021, UNHCR has registered 3,502 refugees and asylum-seekers.” The statement reads.


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