CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):
Greek police say they have arrested three members of a charity that helps migrants on the eastern island of Lesbos, saying they belonged to a criminal organization that facilitated the illegal entry of migrants to Greece for profit.
Police said Wednesday that a total of 30 Greek and foreign nationals, all members of the nonprofit, are suspected of involvement.
The three people arrested on Lesbos and in Athens on Aug. 21 and on Tuesday are accused of belonging to a criminal organization, money-laundering, espionage, forgery and breaches of immigration laws.
Lesbos is a major entry point for migrants and refugees illegally crossing over from nearby Turkey.
Libya’s coast guard says it has intercepted about 400 Europe-bound migrants off the Mediterranean coast.
Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Wednesday that a rubber boat carrying 84 passengers, including six women and five children, was stopped Monday off the town of al-Maya, 27 kilometers (16 miles) west of Tripoli.
He said that another two boats, carrying 146 passengers, including 26 women and four children, were stopped Monday off the coast of the southwestern town of Abu Kammash.
He said that 162 Europe-bound migrants have been intercepted last week. He said the migrants were given humanitarian and medical aid, and were taken to refugee camps in the towns of Zawiya and Tajoura.
Libyan authorities have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of migrants, with European assistance.