The Libyan Navy announced on Tuesday that 15,810 illegal immigrants were rescued in 2017, according to statistics published by its Media Office.

The number of missing persons was about 483, while 11 bodies were recovered.

The Libyan Navy added that rescue operations took place in Sabratha, Zuwara and Garabulli in addition to the capital Tripoli.

According to the same source, the highest percentage recorded for rescue operations took place in May and amounted to 3414, and in September with 3165 rescue operations.

The head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Sarraj, said at the end of last November that the number of migrants in Libya, according to official local and international statistics, exceeded half a million illegal immigrants, originating from 24 countries.