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633 Migrants Rescued From Sinking Off Libya Coast

31 August 2019, ---: About 100 migrants are crowded together on deck of the rescue ship "Eleonore". The "Eleonore" took in the migrants on 26.08.2019 off the Libyan coast. The people were rescued while their boat was sinking, said Axel Steier, spokesman for the Dresden aid organisation Mission Lifeline, which supports the "Eleonore". The ship continues to search for a safe haven. Photo: Johannes Filous/dpa (Photo by Johannes Filous/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday that 633 migrants were rescued off the coast and sent back to Libya over the past week.

“In the period of 27 November -3 December 2022, 633 migrants were intercepted and returned to Libya,” IOM said in a statement.

So far in 2022, a total of 21,457 migrants have been rescued and returned to Libya, including 1,089 women and 678 children, IOM said.

Also, a total of 517 illegal migrants died and 830 others went missing off the Libyan coast on the Central Mediterranean route so far this year, IOM added.

In 2021, a total of 32,425 undocumented migrants were rescued and returned to Libya.

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