World News

Dahabshiil long banner 728x90
Eritrea for mobile viewing

AFP / 90 migrants feared drowned off Libyan coast

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 02 February 2018

Scores of migrants drowned in boat accident off Libya, says United Nations

THE United Nations says 90 people are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya, after a people smuggler’s boat capsized.
Staff writers, AFP

Scores of Migrants Found Dead on Libyan Shore

THE United Nations says 90 people are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya, after a people smuggler’s boat capsized.

The UN migration agency believes just three people have survived the boat accident, in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea.



Refugees and migrants wait to be rescued from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station in international waters off the coast of Libya last year. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

The boat was carrying mostly Pakistani migrants.
“At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning”, the International Organization for Migration said in a statement.

It added that “10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores”, including two Libyan nationals and eight Pakistanis.

Two survivors from the disaster had swum to shore, while another was rescued by a fishing boat, IOM further said.

The agency has repeatedly issued warnings over the extreme dangers facing migrants who try to reach Europe via the so-called central Mediterranean route, which connects Libya to Italy.
Excluding Friday’s tragedy, 218 migrants have already died on the central route in 2018, according to IOM figures.

On the eastern Mediterranean route that connects Turkey and Greece, used by 1,089 so far this year, no fatalities have yet been recorded in 2018.

Twenty-eight migrants have died in 2018 on the western route that links North Africa to Spain, IOM said.


Migrant crisis: Scores feared drowned off Libyan coast








Dm eri tv subscribe

ERi-TV, #Eritrea: Interview with President Isaias Afwerki, November 3, 2018

Hamid idris awate book release

Hdri Media Books on Amazon.com
visit hdrimedia.com