A total of 7,096 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast so far this year.
According to the United Nations International Organization for Migration, the rescued migrants include 6,168 men, 546 women and 336 minors, while 157 migrants died and 349 others went missing on the Central Mediterranean route so far.
The IOM added that in 2020, 11,891 migrants were rescued and returned to Libya, 381 died, and 597 others went missing on the Central Mediterranean route, according to IOM.
Federico Soda, IOM’s Chief of Mission to Libya, tweeted “The situation cannot be ignored and states must live up to their responsibilities and redeploy search and rescue vessels.”
The fall of Libya’s long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 prompted the state of insecurity and chaos in the country and has encouraged thousands of migrants to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards European shores.