Libya stops migrant boats
Over 600 migrants detained.
Libya stops boats packed with hundreds of migrants leaving for Europe – official
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya has stopped several boats packed with Africans trying to reach Italy’s shores in the past three days, detaining more than 600 immigrants, a security official said on Tuesday.
The North African country, gripped by violence and a breakdown of state authority four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, has turned into major hub for human traffickers smuggling African emigrants by boat to Italy.
As many as 900 people may have died on Sunday off Libya’s coast when their packed boat capsized as they were trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa.
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