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Libya: Rescue at Sea - Overview 2016

Libya continues to be the main departure and transit point for departure from North Africa towards Europe. Between 1 January and 31 December 2016, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued/intercepted a total of 14,332 people in different locations along the Libyan coast, mainly Az Zawiyah, Tripoli and Tajurah. In 2016, Libyan local authorities recovered 1,225 bodies of people who drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe. UNHCR is present in five health posts at disembarkation points, at Az Zawiyah, Tripoli (2), Tajurah (Al Hamidiyah) and Al Khums, where it provides medical and hygiene assistance.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Original Publication Date: 
17 Jan 2017
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Humanitarian Update