More than 60 feared dead off Libya in latest migrant tragedy – Times of India

More than 60 feared dead off Libya in latest migrant tragedy - Times of India

Tripoli: At least 61 migrants are missing and presumed dead. The boat sank Close Libyathe coast of International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Saturday, in the latest such tragedy off North Africa.
The IOM’s Libya office said in a statement to AFP that the migrants were believed to have died because of high waves that overturned their ship after departing from Zwara on Libya’s northwest coast. took over.
Referring to the survivors, he said there were about 86 migrants on board — including women and children — from Nigeria, Gambia and other African countries.
Twenty-five people have been rescued and transferred to a detention center in Libya, the IOM said.
It said all survivors were in good condition and received medical attention from IOM staff.
Libya and Tunisia are the main points of departure for migrants who risk the perilous sea journey in the hope of reaching Europe via Italy.
More than 153,000 migrants from Tunisia and Libya arrived in Italy this year, according to the UN refugee agency.
Italy’s far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni won election last year after vowing to crack down on illegal immigration.
Maloney’s hard-right government has so far taken a number of measures to limit the activities of charity ships that rescue people attempting the dangerous crossing from North Africa.
His approach to tackling illegal immigration was praised by British Prime Minister Rishi Singh during his visit to Rome on Saturday.
The two leaders pledged to stop the landing of migrant boats on their countries’ shores and step up efforts to combat human traffickers.
The United Nations has named the central Mediterranean migration route the deadliest in the world, claiming hundreds of lives every year.
IOM spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo wrote on social media platform X on Saturday that more than 2,250 people have died on the migrant route in the Central Mediterranean this year, a dramatic figure that shows how unfortunate it is. Not enough is being done to save lives at sea. .
The Adriana, a fishing boat with 750 people on board en route from Libya to Italy, capsized in international waters off southwestern Greece on June 14.
According to survivors, most of the passengers on board were Syrians, Pakistanis and Egyptians. Only 104 survived and 82 bodies were recovered.
In Libya, more than a decade of violence since the ouster and assassination of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed coup has helped turn the country into a breeding ground for human traffickers who engage in everything from extortion to slavery. Abuses are alleged.

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