30 April 2014

Libya: Nine Sudanese Migrants Found Dead Near Libya Borders, 319 Rescued - SAF

Khartoum — The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) has announced today that 9 people died while trying to cross the borders with Libya.

SAF's spokesperson, Colonel al-Sawarmi Khaled Saad, on Wednesday also disclosed that the joint Sudanese-Libyan forces rescued another 319 people stranded in the desert on the borders between the two countries, noting their miserable condition.

He said the survivors were grouped at Kreb al-Tom station, emphasizing that they were given the necessary assistance and were being transferred to the capital of the North State, Dongola in order to hand them over to the relevant authorities.

A Sudanese foreign ministry official later told state news agency that human traffickers abandoned the migrants in the desert.

Sudan and Libya have established in November 2013 a joint force to control the borders between the two countries.

The Sudanese government continued to warn Sudanese citizens wishing to travel to Libya against illegal immigration and human traffickers, underscoring the enormous risks faced by illegal immigrants including getting lost in the desert which led to many deaths of thirst in the past.

Last June, Libyan guards killed a dozen Sudanese migrants who illegally crossed the borders.

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