Cairo, A vessel carrying at least 700 migrants was intercepted off the eastern coast of Libya, the coast guard said. It was one of the largest interceptions in recent months of migrants seeking a better life in Europe through the war-torn North African country.
The coast guard said the boat was stopped Friday off the Mediterranean town of Moura, 90 kilometers (56 miles) west of the eastern city of Benghazi, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
It said in a statement that the migrants hail from different nations and that those who illegally entered Libya would be handed over to their home countries.
The statement did not provide further details.
The coast guard posted images on Facebook showing a large, overcrowded vessel with most of those on board appearing to be young people.
It was one of the largest interceptions in recent months of migrants sailing to Europe, a destination for thousands fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.
In August last year, Italian military vessels aided a boat crammed with 539 migrants off the southern island of Lampedusa. The boat was launched from Libyan shores.
Source: Bahrain News Agency