Human traffickers fire at Libyan coastguard – report

The coastguard returned fire causing the smugglers to flee, and there were no reports of casualties among either the coastguards or the sub-Saharan migrants.

A Libyan coastguard vessel was reportedly shot at from the shore by people-smugglers, as it intercepted 700 migrants off Sabratha, in western Libya, near the Tunisian border.

Naval spokesperson Colonel Ayoub Qassem told AFP that as the coastguard vessel closed in on the two wooden vessels on to which the migrants had been crammed, it came under fire from people-smugglers on the beach, it was reported on Monday.

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