110 migrants rescued near Libyan coast in latest move: IOM

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DUSHANBE, 06.06.2017 /NIAT Khovar/. The UN Migration Agency IOM reported Tuesday morning that 110 migrants, all of African nationalities, including 40 women and three children, were rescued in the waters off Zliten, Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard on Monday, Xinhua reports.

The UN agency said that so far in 2017, a total of 8,293 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast and 236 bodies have been retrieved.

The latest figure from the IOM showed that 71,418 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2017 through to June 4, with nearly 85 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder arriving in Greece, Cyprus, and Spain.

A total of 1,650 migrants and refugees died at sea attempting the crossing during this period, IOM said.

This compares with 206,790 arrivals and 2,512 deaths across the region in the same period last year.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan