At Least 57 Europe-bound Migrants Drown Off Libya: IOM
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Tue 27th July 2021 | 01:00 AM
Tripoli, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Jul, 2021 ) :At least 57 migrants drowned after their boat sank off Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday, the latest tragedy on the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe.
"Horrified by yet another painful loss of life off the Libyan coast," Federico Soda, the IOM's Libya mission chief, said on Twitter. "At least 57 people drowned today in the latest tragedy... Silence and inaction are inexcusable." The ship sank off the Libyan port of Khoms, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, the IOM added.
Libya is a key gateway for Europe-bound migrants.
It was not immediately clear what caused the boat to sink, but vessels leaving the North African coast for Europe are often heavily overloaded makeshift crafts, departing at night even in rough weather to avoid detection by the coastguard.
"Survivors who spoke to our staff said 20 women and two children were among those who lost their lives," the IOM said, adding the latest tragedy "highlights the immediate need" for "state-led SaR (search and rescue) capacity" on the dangerous route.
International agencies have repeatedly denounced the return to Libya of migrants intercepted at sea.