A security source informed The Libya Observer that the Saharan Patrol Department has arrested 170 migrants, who were making their way to the shores of the city of Sabratha.

The source, who wished to remain anonymous, further explained that the migrants were of varying nationalities and were arrested in a sweeping security operation, which began tracking the migrants from the starting point of their journey in the south.

The Desert Patrol Department, in full cooperation with the police and members of the Western Military Region, managed to surround the migrants and arrest them in an area at the bottom of the mountain according to the source, who further confirmed that those involved in the smuggling operation have been referred to the relevant authorities for investigation.