(MENAFN) Over 150 migrants trying to reach Italy by boat on Saturday were turned back by Libya's coast guard amid its heightened efforts to block such illegal crossings in the Mediterranean.
The migrants, packed into a single rubber boat, were intercepted off the coast between the towns of Al Khoms and Garabulli, east of Tripoli, after travelling through the night.
The boat was close to an Italian coast guard ship patrolling in international waters when they were cut off and taken aboard a Libyan vessel.
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