Deadly sinking of a migrant boat off the coast of Libya

Published on: 04/16/2022 – 17:39 A wooden boat carrying around 35 migrants capsized on Friday off the coast of Libya, according to the International Organization for Migration. Six people are dead, 29 others are missing. Six migrants have been found dead and 29 others are missing and presumed dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Saturday (April 16). wooden boat carrying about 35 migrants capsized yesterday off Sabratha (west, Editor’s note). The bodies of six people have been found while 29 others are missing and presumed dead,” the IOM office in Libya tweeted. “At least 53 migrants have been reported dead or missing off the coast of Libya this week alone,” the UN agency said. The North African country is an important crossing point for tens of thousands of migrants seeking each year to reach Europe by the Italian coasts, some 300 km away. At least 475 people have died since January in the central Mediterranean Mainly from sub-Saharan African countries, these candidates for exile are the prey of e traffickers, when they do not die attempting the crossing. Plunged into a major political crisis since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya is regularly criticized for the ill-treatment inflicted on migrants, particularly in detention centers. Since the start of the year, “at least 475 people have died trying to cross the central Mediterranean” via this route, according to an IOM report dated April 11, i.e. before the shipwreck announced on Saturday. With AFP

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