Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Libya Coast Guard Intercepts 126 Europe-Bound Migrants

Libya Coast Guard Intercepts 126 Europe-Bound Migrants

Monday, 21 October, 2019 - 11:45
Migrants are rescued in the Mediterranean as they attempted to make the precarious sea crossing to Europe in August 2019 | Getty Images

Libya's coast guard says it's intercepted 126 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast.

Monday's statement by spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a rubber boat, with 118 men, four women, and four children, was stopped Sunday off Libya's coastal town Garabulli, 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of the capital' Tripoli.

He says the migrants, identified as African, were returned to shore and would be taken to a detention center in 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.

Editor Picks