Gambians among over 500 migrants rescued off Libya coast

Back way

A report on reliefweb has revealed that an unconfirmed number of Gambians were among over 500 African migrants who were rescued off the coast of Libya.

The Spanish Civil Guard said Saturday it had rescued 523 African migrants off the coast of Libya with the help of the Italian coastguard.

A Spanish patrol ship rescued 325 migrants from different boats about 25 nautical miles from Tripoli, while the Italian coastguard taking part in the same operation picked up another 198, a statement said.

The statement said the migrants were from Nigeria, Gambia, Senegal, Libya, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea and that they included 125 women and 22 children.

The Gambia is one of the Sub-Saharan African countries massively affected by youth migration to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea, known widely in the country as “back-way”.

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