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IOM: 71 migrants intercepted off Libya coast

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The Tripoli-based coast guard intercepted 71 migrants hoping to make it to Europe, including four women and two children, and returned them to the capital, the Tr (IOM) said on Thursday.

IOM tweeted that the migrants, who were stopped late on June 24, were given food and emergency assistance by its staffers. The tweet was accompanied by pictures, one of them showing an African man speaking to two IOM staffers.

IOM said earlier this month that its estimated death toll among migrants who tried to cross the Mediterranean passed the grim milestone of 20,000 deaths since 2014.

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