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May 23 16 7:10 AM
Quote: Libya coastguard intercepts 850 migrants: navyBy: Agence France-PresseMay 23, 2016 1:02 AMTRIPOLI,
Libya - Libyan coastguards said they intercepted seven vessels on
Sunday carrying around 850 African migrants trying to reach Europe
illegally by sea."The coastguard in the west was patrolling the
area off the Zawiya refinery (45 kilometres, 28 miles west of Tripoli)
and ... they intercepted seven large inflatables," Libyan navy spokesman
Colonel Ayoub Qassem told AFP.He said the migrants "from several African countries" included 79 women -- 11 of them pregnant -- and 11 children."The migrants were handed over to the authorities for transfer to shelters," he said.(...SNIPPED)
May 23 16 11:33 AM
Shang Ma Ke wrote:I'm surprised any Libyan maritime enforcement authority exists considering that rival groups are fighting each other for power in that country which is pretty much still in a state of civil war:
May 24 16 7:44 AM
Sep 21 16 9:32 PM
At least 29 dead after migrant boat carrying 600 capsizes off Egypt
September 21, 2016 10:12 PM
A boat carrying around 600 people capsized off Egypt's coast, killing at least 29, officials said on Wednesday, in the latest disaster to befall migrants attempting to make the crossing to Europe.
The boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Burg Rashid, a village in the northern Beheira province. Of the 29 bodies found so far, 18 were men, 10 were women and one was a child, local officials said.
"Initial information indicates that the boat sank because it was carrying more people than its limit. The boat tilted and the migrants fell into the water," a senior security official in Beheira told Reuters.
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