The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday that at least 953 migrants, among them 136 women and 85 children, have been returned to Libyan shores in the first two weeks of 2020 after trying to leave by sea.

“Most were disembarked in Tripoli and all were taken to detention centers,” IOM spokesperson Safa Msehli told a UN media briefing at the UN offices in Geneva.

She said that NGO search and rescue vessels reported having rescued 237 others.

“The current sudden increase in departures is especially alarming given the very limited search and rescue capacity in the

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