Libyan authorities arrest 57 immigrants

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TRIPOLI, LIBYA - FEBRUARY 14: A group of deportee immigrants wait before boarding to a plane, heading to Nigeria during their deportation at Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli, Libya on February 14, 2017. Approximately 171 Nigerian illegal immigrants are deported after the official process. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A group of deportee immigrants wait before boarding to a plane, heading to Nigeria during their deportation at Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli, Libya on February 14, 2017. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Interior Ministry of Libya’s UN-backed government on Monday said it arrested 57 immigrants in the city of Zuwara, some 90 km west of the capital Tripoli.

A total of 57 immigrants of different nationalities were arrested as they were preparing to cross the sea towards Europe, the ministry said in a statement.

Libya has been experiencing insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, which makes the North African country a preferred point for thousands of immigrants bound for Europe.

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