Libyan coastguards rescue 278 migrants on four dinghies

Migrants intercepted by Libyan  coastguards. [Photo: AFP/Getty Images – Archive]
The Libyan coast guard said it had rescued 278 migrants on four different boats in recent days.

The migrants, including 18 women and two children, had been trying to make their way to Europe.

Libya’s coast guard on Saturday said it had intercepted four boats carrying 278 migrants headed for Europe off the country’s Mediterranean coast earlier in the week.

The spokesman Ayoub Qassim said the migrants, including 18 women and two children, were intercepted on Tuesday in separate rescue operations off the coast near the capital, Tripoli.

The operations took place during  Eid al-Adha, which ended on Wednesday.

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