Libyan coast guard rescues some 160 Europe-bound migrants

African migrants, who according to the Libyan navy were rescued by the country’s coast guard, arrive at the naval base of the capital Tripoli on July 12. (AFP)
Updated 17 July 2018
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Libyan coast guard rescues some 160 Europe-bound migrants

CAIRO: Libya’s coast guard says it has intercepted some 160 Europe-bound African migrants, including dozens of children and women, in the Mediterranean Sea near its shores.
Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a boat carrying 158 passengers including 34 women and nine children was stopped Monday off the coast of the western town of Khoms.
Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for those fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa. Traffickers have exploited Libya’s chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and later killed longtime ruler Muammar Qaddafi.
He says the migrants were given humanitarian and medical aid, and were taken to a refugee camp in Khoms town.
Libyan authorities have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants, with European assistance.


Israel encircles Ramallah after West Bank attack

Updated 13 December 2018
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Israel encircles Ramallah after West Bank attack

  • “Entrances and exits to the city are all closed. We are conducting searches,” army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said
  • A gunman shot dead two Israelis at a bus stop in the area earlier

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces encircled Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and sent in reinforcements after a gunman shot dead two Israelis at a bus stop in the area, the army said.
“Entrances and exits to the city are all closed. We are conducting searches,” army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists.
He said the military was sending “a few more infantry battalions” to conduct operations in the West Bank.