Authorities in Libya say they have repatriated 135 Nigerian migrants, including women and children, who had made failed attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the AFP news agency reports.
Hosni Abu Ayanah from the Libyan government agency tackling illegal migration told AFP that the repatriation was voluntary.
The first group of 75 men and 10 women gathered in downtown Tripoli to board buses with metal grills towards the capital’s Mitiga airport. Others were set to depart from other migrant detention centres, AFP reported.
The operation was being coordinated with the International Organisation for Migration.