Libyan coast guard rescues 200 migrants bound for Europe

2018-06-27 15:26
Migrants (File: AFP)

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Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted 200 African migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

Spokesperson Ayoub Gassim said late on Tuesday a wooden boat was stopped off the eastern coast of the capital, Tripoli.

Libya's coast guard has rescued more than 1 100 migrants this week, including dozens of women and children.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and later killed Muammar Gaddafi. Since then the north African country has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for those fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa.

Libyan authorities have recently stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants, with European assistance.

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