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Libya detains migrants

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 00:48

May 13 - Libyan police say they're holding 270 illegal migrants from Syria, Sudan and Eritrea en route to Italy. Paul Chapman reports.

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Libyan police say these are illegal migrants they intercepted at sea on their way to Italy. In total officers say they arrested 270 migrants including children. The migrants are from Syria, Sudan and Eritrea. Some admitted Italy was their intended destination. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) MAHJOUB, ILLEGAL MIGRANT FROM SUDAN, SAYING: "We came from Sudan via the desert. We heard that from Libya we could travel to Italy. We arrived in Tripoli and from Tripoli we headed to the sea." On Sunday at least 40 people died when a boat laden with migrants sank off the Tripoli coast. In March the Italian navy rescued more than 4, 000 from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean in just four days.

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Libya detains migrants

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 00:48