Libyan Coastguard Rescues 300 Migrants Off Tripoli

Libya's coastguard rescued more than 300 migrants on Tuesday at sea west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesperson said.

"Coastguards rescued early morning today 140 illegal migrants west of Tripoli and another group of 164 migrants were rescued off Sabratha including seven women and six children," a spokesperson for Libya's naval forces told Reuters.

The migrants included people from sub-Saharan countries, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, he said.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East have crossed the Libyan desert and taken to flimsy boats on the Mediterranean in the hope of reaching Europe in recent years.

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