Libyan coast guard intercepts 40 migrants bound for Europe

Members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue a woman in the Mediterranean open sea about 85 miles of the Libyan coast on July 17, 2018. (File Photo: Pau Barrena/AFP)
Updated 22 July 2018
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Libyan coast guard intercepts 40 migrants bound for Europe

  • Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for people fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa
  • Libyan authorities have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants with the help of training and money from Europe

CAIRO: Libya’s coast guard says it has intercepted 40 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, near its shores, bound for Europe.
Coast guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a boat carrying 31 men, eight women and a child was stopped on Saturday off the coast of the western city of Zuwara.
He said on Sunday the migrants, who are of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian and Nigerian nationalities, were taken to a naval base in Tripoli.
Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for people fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa. Human traffickers have exploited Libya’s chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime ruler Muammar Qaddafi.
Libyan authorities have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants with the help of training and money from Europe.


Morocco moves toward return of military service

Updated 21 August 2018
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Morocco moves toward return of military service

RABAT: Morocco’s government is moving to restore military service, with men and women between the ages of 19 and 25 expected to serve a year in the army, navy or air force.
King Mohammed VI’s ministerial council on Monday approved the draft law that is expected to comfortably win lawmakers’ backing when tabled for parliamentary debate in October.
The council said the aim is “to strengthen the sense of citizenship among young people.”
The plan provoked an immediate outcry on social media. Critics argued that the government wants to turn young Moroccans, among the hardest hit by unemployment, into brainwashed patriots.
Refusing to serve could be punished with 1 to 3 months in prison and a fine.
Morocco abolished military service in 2006 to save money.