Libya to take migrants saved by Spanish fishermen

15th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 October 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Libyan authorities have agreed to take around 50 African immigrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean by a Spanish fishing boat, the vessel's owner told Spanish media Monday.

15 October 2007

MADRID - (AFP) - Libyan authorities have agreed to take around 50 African immigrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean by a Spanish fishing boat, the vessel's owner told Spanish media Monday.

"We can enter the port of Tripoli," Jose Lopez told the Spanish all-news television channel CNN+.

He said the Spanish boat, which is registered in Portugal, should arrive in Tripoli around 0800 GMT Monday.

Among the would-be illegal immigrants seeking to reach Italy aboard a small vessel were five women and three children.

Lopez said the situation on their boat was dire, as the immigrants had no food left when they were rescued on Saturday off the coast of Libya.

In June, another Spanish fishing boat saved 25 African immigrants in Libyan waters. Libyan authorities at first refused to let them disembark, but eventually gave them the green light.

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