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Libya: 125 Europe-bound migrants rescued off western coast

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At least 125 Europe-bound migrants were rescued in two separate sea operations conducted in waters by the Libyan on Wednesday off the country's western coast.

Ayob Qassem, a for the Libyan Navy, said in a statement that 80 migrants were rescued in the first operation that took place 103 kilometres off the coast of Zawiyah, while 45 migrants were rescued from a found 65 kilometres off the coast, reports

In recent years, thousands of migrants have lost their lives after undertaking on in a bid to escape the turmoil in their own country.

According to a recent report by the United Nations, more than 90,000 people have been displaced in since April 2018 as a result of the armed conflict between and UN-backed government forces in capital

The country has been largely divided into two factions ever since the death of its dictator

The LNA-backed parliament controls the east of Libya, while the UN-backed interim (GNA) governs Libya's western region from

While the has primarily backed the GNA which is led by Fayez al-Sarraj, American diplomats and military officers have maintained contacts with Russia-backed Haftar.

Most of the international community has urged for a peaceful resolution to the intense turmoil which has ensued in the African nation.

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First Published: Thu, June 06 2019. 05:11 IST