Tripoli - Libya's coastguard has rescued 84 illegal
immigrants from Africa in the sea off Tripoli, Lana news agency quoted a
maritime official as saying on Thursday.
"The Libyan coastguard supported by special forces of
the Navy rescued 84 illegal migrants of various African nationalities whose
boat had broken down in the sea north of Tripoli" late on Wednesday, the
"All of the migrants are healthy and have been
transferred to the [western] port of Zawiya where they were handed over to
agencies that fight illegal immigration."
On Tuesday nearly 100 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa
escaped from a detention centre at Gharyan in south-western Libya. Seventy-five
of them were subsequently arrested.
With a 1 770km coastline, Libya is a favoured country
of transit for would-be migrants from southern and western Africa seeking to
reach Europe in search of a better life.
But the journey is frequently perilous, and hundreds of
Africans have drowned in the Mediterranean en route for Europe this month
alone. Hundreds have also been rescued.