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Libya repatriates 248 illegal migrants

By Xinhua
On 29 November 2023 at 07:33

The Libyan Illegal Migration Control Department on Tuesday repatriated 248 illegal migrants. Among them, 120 were deported by air back to Niger, while the remaining 128 were deported by land back to Chad, Badraddin Ben-Hamed, head of the Deportation Office of the department, told Xinhua.

The Deputy President of the Presidency Council Musa al-Kuni, who was visiting the department at the time of the deportation, described the process as "humane and appropriate."

"I express my gratitude to all those working in the Illegal Migration Control Department for their efforts to provide proper and humane living conditions for the migrants, despite lack of capabilities," al-Kuni said.

Because of the insecurity and chaos in the country since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, many migrants, mostly Africans, chose to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores from Libya.

So far this year, 15,057 illegal migrants have been rescued and sent back to Libya, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Illegal immigrants wait to depart at Libyan Illegal Migration Control Department in Tripoli, Libya, Nov. 28, 2023. The Libyan Illegal Migration Control Department on Tuesday repatriated 248 illegal migrants. Among them, 120 were deported by air back to Niger, while the remaining 128 were deported by land back to Chad, Badraddin Ben-Hamed, head of the Deportation Office of the department, told Xinhua. (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)

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