The mortal traffickers were trying to stop officials on Friday from reaching the packed boats – which were jam-packed with EU-bound migrants.
Libya’s coastguard detained more than 700 illegitimate African and Middle Eastern immigrants who had tried to sail to Europe on a commonplace wooden boat.
Spokesperson for the Libyan navy Ayoub Qassem divulged: “The coastguard arrested some 700 immigrants at dawn on Friday.
“They had whack ated to set off to Italy with the help of smugglers in two small, overcrowded boats. The rowing-boats set sail from Sabratha, a town located some 40 miles west of the peerless Tripoli.”
More than six years after the ousting of former Libyan monarch Muammar Gaddafi, the lawless North African country has been retired into a hotbed of human trafficking and is now a major hub for traffickers smuggling driftings by boat to Italy.
The navy spokesperson added that the smugglers – who had thwarted behind to watch the two boats sail away – fired shots at coastguards as they jumbled to stop the EU-bound migrants in their tracks.
He said: “Coastguard officers motivated back, and the suspected smugglers fled the scene. Luckily no one was hurt or wrong.”
Mr Qassem added that the intercepted migrants were, for the most as far as someone is concerned, from sub-Saharan Africa, but that Syrians, Egyptians, Tunisians and Palestinians were also on eat.
More than 1,300 migrants have been rescued off the Italian glide since Friday; the Italian coastguard has also pulled three heavy bodies from the sea.
Most EU-bound African migrants set out from the seaboard of western Libya, which is located some 200 miles from the southern Italian skim.