Some 115 irregular migrants are missing after a boat wreck off Libya’s western coast, the navy of the country’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said Thursday (July 25).
Some 250 irregular migrants were aboard when the boat capsized, the navy said in a statement. Some 134 migrants were rescued and a body was recovered, it added. Fishermen present at the site rescued the victims in coordination with the Libyan Coast Guard.
The boat sank off the city of Al-Khoms, 5 miles from the coast. The Libyan navy said most of the migrants rescued were Eritrean nationals along with some Palestinians and Somalis. Earlier Thursday, a UN official said that reportedly 150 people had been rescued and 150 had died at sea off the coast of Libya after a shipwreck.
Since the mid-2017 the number has declined after Italy introduced a policy to return migrants to Libya if found at sea. The policy has drawn condemnation of human rights activist as Libya has remained beset by turmoil since long-serving leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a bloody NATO-backed uprising in 2011.
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27 September, 2019