Libyan authorities seize 2 Italian fishing boats

Vessels confiscated some 29 miles from Derna

10 October, 18:54

    The Afrodite Pesca,  one of the two Italian fishing boats seized by the Libyan authorities late on Tuesday The Afrodite Pesca, one of the two Italian fishing boats seized by the Libyan authorities late on Tuesday

    PALERMO - Two Italian fishing boats were seized by the Libyan authorities late on Tuesday, Nicola Cristaldi, the mayor of the Sicilian town of Mazara del Vallo where the vessels are based, said on Wednesday.

    The boats are the Afrodite Pesca, which had six people aboard, and the Matteo Marrarino, which had a crew of seven.

    The vessels are said to have been seized around 29 miles from the Libyan coast at Derna.

    Libyan officials are said to have fired on the fishing boats without warning and then boarded them and ordered the captains to head to the port of Ras Al Hilal.

    None of the crew members were hurt and they are not under arrest, sources said. Cristaldi said the boats were boarded "in waters that Libya unilaterally and illegitimately considers its own".

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