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Libyan coastguard saves 315 migrants

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Tripoli, Nov 7 (IANS/AKI) rescued 315 migrants in the on Wednesday who were trying to cross to aboard three inflatable boats, according to a Libyan

The migrants included 275 men, 32 women and eight children from various sub-Saharan countries, from and from Bangladesh, said.

A group of 116 people were picked up off the town of Zawiya, west of the capital Tripoli, and a 199 people were rescued from two boats off Tripoli, he added.

All of the rescued migrants were transferred to detention centres, Qasim stated.

Backed by the European Union, Libya's coastguard has stepped up its patrols in the Mediterranean, intercepting over 14,000 migrants between January and October, according to the migration agency, the (IOM).

Chaos-wracked Libya's western coast is a main departure point for migrants fleeing wars and poverty, although the number of crossings have fallen sharply since last year.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 23:48 IST
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