The Head of the Central Sector of the Coast Guard, Tawfiq Sakir denied the occurrence of any injuries to illegal immigrants during the evacuation of Nivin ship in the port of Misurata.

Sakir told the Libya Observer that the migrants tried to resist security personnel while boarding the ship, but the security personnel managed to deal with the situation without causing any serious injuries.

Human Rights Watch said in a statement that a number of migrants were injured during the evacuation of the ship and were taken to hospital, calling on the Libyan authorities to follow up the incident.