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

A total of 57 illegal 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 illegal immigrants bound for Europe.

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