Turkish Naval Forces Rescue 17 Irregular Migrants off Libyan Coast

The Turkish naval forces on Friday rescued 17 irregular migrants who were drifting in a boat off the Libyan coast.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said that the migrant’s vessel disconnected the seashore of the Libyan metropolis in the city of Misrata.

“One of the migrants died despite our efforts to rescue him,” the ministry said in a statement.

Migrants, almost all of them from Bangladesh, have been trapped in the sea for 10 days in the Mediterranean.

The migrants received necessary medical attention by the Turkish doctors on the boat. “Four migrants were found unconscious and 12 others were in a good health condition,” it added.

The rescued irregular migrants were handed over to the Libyan authorities in Homs Port after necessary coordination was made between the officials of two sides, according to the defense ministry.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in a statement earlier on Wednesday said that 246 illegal migrants returned to Libya after being rescued off the coast last week.

During the week of April 24-30, 246 migrants were intercepted at sea and returned to Libya.

According to IOM, at least 4,461 illegal migrants have been rescued and returned to Libya so far this year, including 410 women and 175 minors.


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