MSF says more than 250 migrants rescued off Libya
TRIPOLI - More than 250 migrants in trouble at sea were rescued in international waters off Libya on Monday, a spokesman for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said.
The spokesman, who asked not to be named, said the rescues were carried out in two operations, recovering two separate groups of 130 and 127 people, including many women and children.
The migrants were transferred to Italy, he said.
On September 19, more than 4,500 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya were rescued in joint operations by European ships. An MSF vessel carried out 800 of the rescues that day.
Libya has for years been a stepping stone for migrants seeking to travel to Europe.
People smugglers have taken advantage of conflict and political chaos in Libya since its 2011 revolution to step up their lucrative business.