Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

Libya has sent more than 200 migrants from neighboring countries back to their homelands, in a rare display of cooperation between the country’s divided institutions.

The group mainly consisted of 105 Egyptians, 101 Chadians and 20 Sudanese, according to Badreddine al-Sed Ben Hamed, the deputy head of the office in charge of the operation.

Embassies staff from home countries watched the process as the migrants were given biscuits and water for the long journey.

Libya is a huge conduit for illegal migration, with people mostly entering through the vast and largely unguarded Saraha desert in the south, before trying to reach Europe.

Due to the rival administrations that exist in the west and east of the country, government offices and powers are varied, making it a tempting place for people smugglers to operate.