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The Latest: North Macedonia detains migrant traffickers

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Migrants wait to disembark from the Alan Kurdi rescue ship, as it reaches the port of Taranto, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. They were among 88 people aboard the Alan Kurdi, a ship operated by the Germany Sea-Eye humanitarian group, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya and disembarked Sunday in the port of Taranto. (Renato Ingenito/ANSA via AP)

A migrant disembarks the Alan Kurdi rescue ship docked in the port of Taranto, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. He was among 88 people aboard the Alan Kurdi, a ship operated by the Germany Sea-Eye humanitarian group, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya and disembarked Sunday in the port of Taranto. (Renato Ingenito/ANSA via AP)

A migrant hugs a rescuer aboard the Alan Kurdi rescue ship, before stepping into the port of Taranto, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. He was among 88 people aboard the Alan Kurdi, a ship operated by the Germany Sea-Eye humanitarian group, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya and disembarked Sunday in the port of Taranto. (Renato Ingenito/ANSA via AP)

The Alan Kurdi rescue ship arrives into the port of Taranto, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. 88 people, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, disembarked Sunday from the Alan Kurdi, a ship operated by the Germany Sea-Eye humanitarian group. (Renato Ingenito/ANSA via AP)

A woman disembarks from the Asso Trenta ship, docked in the port of Pozzallo, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. An Italian offshore supply vessel has brought 151 migrants to Sicily after rescuing them in waters off Libya a day earlier. (Francesco Ruta/ANSA via AP)

Migrants wait outside a military vessel after their disembarkation at the port of Elefsina, near Athens, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The transfer of migrants from overcrowded camps on the islands to the Greek mainland continued this weekend, with 415 arriving Saturday afternoon at the port of Elefsina west of Athens and at least another 400 expected Sunday or early Monday. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Migrants wait to disembark from the Alan Kurdi rescue ship, as it reaches the port of Taranto, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. They were among 88 people aboard the Alan Kurdi, a ship operated by the Germany Sea-Eye humanitarian group, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya and disembarked Sunday in the port of Taranto. (Renato Ingenito/ANSA via AP)

A migrant disembarks the Alan Kurdi rescue ship docked in the port of Taranto, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. He was among 88 people aboard the Alan Kurdi, a ship operated by the Germany Sea-Eye humanitarian group, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya and disembarked Sunday in the port of Taranto. (Renato Ingenito/ANSA via AP)

A migrant hugs a rescuer aboard the Alan Kurdi rescue ship, before stepping into the port of Taranto, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. He was among 88 people aboard the Alan Kurdi, a ship operated by the Germany Sea-Eye humanitarian group, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya and disembarked Sunday in the port of Taranto. (Renato Ingenito/ANSA via AP)

The Alan Kurdi rescue ship arrives into the port of Taranto, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. 88 people, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, disembarked Sunday from the Alan Kurdi, a ship operated by the Germany Sea-Eye humanitarian group. (Renato Ingenito/ANSA via AP)

A woman disembarks from the Asso Trenta ship, docked in the port of Pozzallo, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. An Italian offshore supply vessel has brought 151 migrants to Sicily after rescuing them in waters off Libya a day earlier. (Francesco Ruta/ANSA via AP)

Migrants wait outside a military vessel after their disembarkation at the port of Elefsina, near Athens, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The transfer of migrants from overcrowded camps on the islands to the Greek mainland continued this weekend, with 415 arriving Saturday afternoon at the port of Elefsina west of Athens and at least another 400 expected Sunday or early Monday. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

The Greek government's decision to transfer migrants from the overcrowded eastern Aegean islands to the mainland has been met with some resistance.

Local residents, in two instances, tried unsuccessfully to prevent migrants from being housed in hotels in northern Greece.

An anti-migrant march in the northern city of Thessaloniki on Sunday drew just 100 extreme rightists, while a counter-demonstration of anarchists drew a slightly larger crowd.

Migrants who had arrived by military transport from the island of Lesbos to a port near Athens on Saturday had to wait hours in buses in order to be able to finally sleep at designated hotels whose owners have agreed to lodge the migrants.

The migrants had been driven in buses for a distance of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) to reach their destinations in northern Greece.


5:40 p.m.

A court in North Macedonia has ordered a 30-day pre-trial custody for three Pakistani nationals, suspected of human trafficking and cruelty to migrants.

The Skopje's prosecutor office announced Sunday they have opened a probe against three Pakistanis and one Macedonian national for organizing the illegal transfer of migrants and abusing them. The Macedonian national, owner of the house, was placed under house arrest.

Police raided a house in the village of Vaksince, near the northern border with Serbia, on Friday and found 12 migrants from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, including two minors. They acted on a tip from Serbian police who had been alerted by a friend of the migrants that they were being beaten and asked to pay 1,300 euros ($1,450) each to the smugglers for transfer across the border.


1:20 p.m.

An Italian offshore supply vessel has brought 151 migrants to Sicily after rescuing them in waters off Libya a day earlier.

The Asso Trenta docked Sunday at Pozzallo with the migrants. It wasn't immediately known if they would stay in Italy or be distributed among other European Union countries.

Hours earlier, a German charity's rescue boat, Alan Kurdi, had disembarked 88 migrants at Taranto on the Italian mainland. Under an EU-brokered deal, 67 of them will go to four other countries, while the others will stay in Italy.

A Taranto official, Gabriella Ficocelli, told the Italian news agency ANSA the migrants included five unaccompanied minors who were "tired and tried by the voyage." They disembarked eight days after being rescue in the Mediterranean Sea from Libyan-based traffickers' unseaworthy vessels. source