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Africa News of Thursday, 23 March 2023


Algeria dismantles Syria-Europe migrant smuggling ring

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Algerian media say the authorities have dismantled a network involved in smuggling migrants from Syria to Europe.

Fifteen suspects have reportedly been arrested - nine of them Syrians and six Algerians.

A five-month investigation is said to have uncovered how the people smugglers transported undocumented migrants from Syria and Lebanon to an airport in eastern Libya.

From there, they were taken along desert tracks to the Algerian port of Oran for clandestine sea crossings to Europe.