Tripoli: Libyan maritime rescue service says it has rescued at least 900 African and Asian migrants as they were attempting to reach Europe.
Navy spokesman General Ayoub Qassem confirmed the news and told AFP, “”A coastguard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday.”
He added that 25 children and 98 women were among those rescued. Out of 98, at least seven women were expecting child.
“One of the rubber boats was holed and on the point of sinking, while the wooden one did not have a motor,” he said.
People traffickers have exploited the chaos in Libya since a 2011 uprising toppled and killed strongman Moamer Kadhafi to boost their lucrative but deadly trade.