Photos: 475 illegal migrants including Nigerians en route to EU intercepted by Libyan Coast Guard

January 20, 2018 7:39 am

475 illegal migrants were intercepted by Libyan Coast patrols on Monday and Tuesday, the Media Office of Coast Guard has reported.

On Monday, a Coast Guard patrol intercepted 352 migrants (276 men, 65 women and 11 children) on three rubber boats in two separate operations off the country’s western shores.

“The first boat was intercepted 40 miles north of Garabulli town, while the other two boats were intercepted 12 miles north of Zuwara.” The Media Office said.

The next day, the Coast Guard intercepted 123 migrants (88 men, 133 women and 22 children) 28 miles off Garabulli. The migrants are from different African nationalities including Nigeria.

Garabulli and Zuwara towns are main hubs of people smuggling in the western region of the country.

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