Armed Libyan militia halting refugee boat departures to Europe | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Armed Libyan militia halting refugee boat departures to Europe

A local armed group in a Libyan coastal city west of the capital Tripoli has reportedly been halting refugee boats from setting out across the Mediterranean, leading to a rapid drop in the risky sea voyage over the past month.

The revelation sheds a new light into the sudden decline in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Italy, Reuters reported Monday citing multiple local sources in the city of Sabratha in Libya’s Zawiya district who spoke on condition of anonymity.

According to the report, arrivals of refugees in Italy from North Africa -- the main route for migration to Europe this year -- fell by more than 50 percent in July compared to the same period last year, and August arrivals so far are down even further.

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