Africa

Libya intercepts more than 900 migrants

Over 900 migrants several wooden and rubber boats have been intercepted by the Libyan coast guard.

Libya's coast guard has intercepted 906 migrants off the western city of Sabratha.

The migrants were on board several wooden and rubber boats, coast guard spokesman Ayoub Qassem says.

One of the rubber boats was perforated and nearly submerged, and a wooden boat had its engine missing.

The migrants were African, Asian and Arab, and included 98 women and 25 children, Qassem says.

Libya has been in turmoil for years and is the most common departure point for migrants trying to reach Europe by sea.

More than 60,000 migrants have crossed the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy this year.