A marine locomotive at the port of Al-Bori oilfield, 130 kilometers north of Tripoli, rescued on Tuesday 23 migrants who were trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, according to the Libyan Coast Guards.
The Guards said the migrants, who hold the Sudanese nationality, spent several days at sea.
It added that they will be transferred to the illegal immigration control agency of the Government of the National Accord’s Ministry of the Interior, which will send them to a detention center.
This is the second time migrants have been apprehended by the Libyan authorities on Tuesday alone, as a the military police at Al-Wahat detained 17 Sudanese migrants coming from the border triangle shared by Libya, Egypt and Sudan.
Following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year-rule in 2011, Libya slid into chaos and became the main transit country for migrants hoping to reach Europe.