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Libyan Coastguard Prevents African Migrants from Crossing to Reach Europe

The Libyan coastguard intercepted 156 migrants, including Nigerians, in two different boats as they attempted to reach Europe by sea, the Navy said.

Navy spokesman Ayoub Qasim said the Libyan coastguard had arrested a rubber boat carrying 116 migrants, including five women, off the western town of Zuwara in western Libya.

He explained that these makeshift boats with migrants from different African countries had been transported to a base in the capital Tripoli.

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But well before that, 40 other people, including eight women and one child, had already been arrested aboard a rubber boat last Saturday, off the coast of Zuwara.

The 40 migrants included 19 Moroccans, 16 Nigerians, 4 Egyptians and one Syrian, the Navy Media Center said on its Facebook page.

In recent months, the Libyan coast guard has reported intercepting several ships carrying hundreds of migrants to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.

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Written by How Africa

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