In the same period, the Libyan government deported 3,768 other would-be migrants from several African countries, who had been arrested earlier attempting to cross illegally to Italy, the Ministry added in a statement.
The statement, carried by the state news agency Jana, said the arrests and deportations were part of ''sustained efforts by (the authorities) to crack down on illegal migration''.
Libya is due to host an Africa-Europe conference on migration in November.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report last month asylum seekers are among the thousands of African migrants deported by Libya in recent years, an abuse effectively ignored by European nations in their dealings with Tripoli.
The Libyan government, which has yet to offer any public reaction to the rights group's allegations, has complained about what some officials in Tripoli called a ''migrant invasion''.
Libyan authorities estimate the number of illegal migrants in Libya at more than one million. Most of them walked across the desert to work in the country and eke out the money required to pay migrant smugglers and attempt to make it to Europe.
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