The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), confirmed that the Libyan Coast Guard has rescued in excess of 21,000 migrants and refugees since the beginning of this year, noting that 2,412 migrants were disembarked at the Tripoli port this August alone.

The UNHCR added that the origins of those rescued this year were 17% Sudanese, 11% Bangladeshi, equalled by Malians also 11%, adding that it is the responsibility of the International Rescue Committee at the disembarkation points to provide urgent medical assistance and basic relief items.

It indicated that more than 223,000 individuals have been returned to their places of origin, adding that there are more than 42,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers in the country presently.