LNA Arrests 21 Sudanese Illegal Immigrants


The Sobol al-Salam Brigade of the Libyan National Army (LNA) said in a statement that one of its patrols in the city of Kufra arrested 21 illegal immigrants on Friday.

The statement added that, the immigrants got off a Toyota car on the outskirts of the city, and then entered the city by foot. The brigade handed them over to the city’s shelter and deportation centre and they will be soon sent back to their country.

On Thursday, the Criminal Investigation Department of Al-Marj announced the arrestation of 28 Egyptian illegal immigrants. The statement said they were traveling in two four-wheel drive cars heading towards the eastern gate of the city of Al-Marj, near Benghazi.

Last month, the shelter and deportation centre for illegal immigrants in the city of Kufra – southeast Libya – announced the deportation of illegal immigrants to the neighbouring country of Sudan.

Libya has become a preferred point of departure for thousands of people who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea toward Europe due to the insecurity and chaos that followed the fall of its leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Most of the migrants came from Africa and seek to achieve their “dreams” by arriving in Europe.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) recently said that Libya is home to more than 650,000 illegal immigrants, 6,000 of whom are held in detention centres, including women and children.