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Libya's coast guard rescues 71 migrants

Libya's coast guard rescued 71 migrants stuck at sea over the weekend. While none of them were hurt, some required medical attention upon their return to Libya, according to reports. The migrants have reportedly since left the care of Libyan authorities.

The Libyan navy and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) both confirmed that a coast guard patrol intercepted 71 Europe-bound migrants on a migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea near the coastal city of Khoms, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, on Sunday.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the migrants have since been brought to shore to disembark back in Libya.

The migrants came from Sudan, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan and the Palestinian Territories, reports said.

Reports had first surfaced on Saturday that an inflatable boat carrying scores of migrants had capsized off the Libyan coast and that the Libyan coast guard dispatched a boat to search for them. The migrants were reportedly in distress at sea for at least two days.

Alarm Phone, an independent organization supporting shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean, said that the migrants were stuck at sea for much longer than officially acknowledged, scolding authorities for their alleged inaction.