Libya Coastguards Intercepts Nigerians, Other Migrants From Crossing To Europe
Libyan coastguard has intercepted 156 migrants, including Nigerians, in two separate incidents as they tried to reach Europe by sea, the Navy said.
Navy spokesman Ayoub Qasim said that Libyan coastguard stopped a rubber boat carrying 116 migrants including five women off the western Libyan town of Zuwara.
He said that the migrants from different African nations had been transported to a sea base in the capital Tripoli.
Earlier, 40 migrants including eight women and a child were stopped aboard a rubber boat late Saturday also off Zuwara.
The 40 migrants included 19 Moroccans, 16 Nigerians, four Egyptians and a Syrian, the navy’s media
centre said on its Facebook page.
In recent months, the Libyan coastguard has reported intercepting various vessels carrying hundreds of migrants heading to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.
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