CAIRO — More than 200 migrants certain for Europe had been intercepted on Friday by Libya’s roam guard lawful off the shore of the North African nation, a U.N. spokeswoman stated.
Up to now this year, 11,000 migrants had been were detained by Libyan authorities below “appalling prerequisites,” she added.
Libya has develop into the important transit point for African and Arab migrants hoping to succeed in Europe, after the North African nation plunged into a bloody civil war following a NATO-backed riot that toppled and killed longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
Smugglers normally pack determined households into sick-geared up rubber boats that stall and founder along the unsafe Central Mediterranean route. Over the last loads of years, hundreds of thousands of migrants beget reached Europe both on their very luxuriate in or after being rescued at sea.
Hundreds beget drowned along the capability. Others had been intercepted and returned to Libya to be left on the mercy of armed groups or confined in squalid detention facilities that lack adequate meals and water, in holding with rights groups.
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