Illegal migrants, who were rescued by the Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, arrive at the naval base in the capital Tripoli on May 6, 2017. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA
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The Libyan coastguard said 324 migrants were picked up Monday trying to leave the North African country on board two rubber boats.The migrants intercepted about seven miles off the western town of Zuwara Monday included 35 women and 16 children, coastguard spokesman Ayoub Qassem said in a statement.This year, just over 3,500 migrants have arrived in Italy from Libya, 62 percent fewer than during the same period last year, according to Italian interior ministry statistics.
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