At least 74 die in shipwreck off Libya n coast – UN
The Libya n coast guard and fishermen rescued 47 people and brought them ashore.
The IOM said the Libyan coast guard and fishermen rescued 47 people and brought them ashore.The boat was transporting more than 120 migrants, including children, when it capsized off the coast of Libya, a major transit point for primarily African migrants trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
At least eight other shipwrecks have occurred in the CentralMediterraneanin the past six weeks.The IOM said at least 900 migrants bound for Europe have drowned this year and some 11,000 others have been stopped at sea and returned to Libya, where migrants are frequently detained, abused, exploited and subjected to trafficking.
In addition to IOM, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees warned that Libya is not a safe port of return and that migrants should not be returned there.Since the 2011 revolt that resulted in the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the war-torn country has become a major transit point for migrants from Africa and the Middle East hoping to reach Europe. headtopics.comRead more: Premium Times »
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