150 feared dead in major shipwreck off Libyan coast – UN
The ship embarked from the city of Khoms, about 75 miles (120 km) east of Tripoli, and some 300 were thought to be aboard, according to Reuters. It is still unclear whether one or two vessels were involved in the wreck.
🚨Happening now:Tragic news of a deadly shipwreck off the coasts of Al Khoms. Initial reports indicate that over 100 persons may have lost their lives while other 140 have been rescued & disembarked, receiving medical & humanitarian assistance by UNHCR partner IMC.— UNHCR Libya (@UNHCRLibya) July 25, 2019
Survivors were taken to safety by local fishermen and the Libyan coastguard, UN spokesman Charlie Yaxley said.
Libya is a hub for migrants seeking entry into Europe, many attempting to traverse the Mediterranean in crudely constructed or overcrowded vessels, ranging from decrepit ships to inflatable rafts. Thursday’s wreck, if confirmed, would be the most deadly accident in the Mediterranean this year. Last year, over 2,000 migrants died trying to make the same journey.
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