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Libya Coast Guard Intercepts Dozens of Migrants

Libya Coast Guard Intercepts Dozens of Migrants

Sunday, 20 October, 2019 - 16:00
Migrants on a blue rubber boat wait to be rescued off Libya on Sept. 8, 2019. AP photo

Libya's coast guard said Sunday it has intercepted dozens of Europe-bound migrants off the Mediterranean coast.

Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said the migrants were returned to shore and would be taken to a detention center in the capital, Tripoli.

Gassim said a rubber boat with 89 African migrants, including 16 women and two children, was stopped Saturday off Libya's western town of Khoms, around 120 kilometers east of Tripoli.

Libya has emerged as a major transit point for migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe. In recent years, the EU has partnered with Libya's coast guard and other local groups to stem the dangerous sea crossings.

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