43 people drown after migrant boat capsizes in the Mediterranean

Published January 25, 2021 105 Views

Rumble Forty-three people died and 10 were rescued after a boat carrying West African migrants capsized off the Libyan coast on Tuesday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR said in a Wednesday statement.

The boat left the northwestern Libyan city of Zawya early Tuesday and reportedly capsized a few hours after departing due to bad sea conditions and when the engine stopped, the UNHCR said

The people who died were all men from West African countries, the UNHCR added.

Ten people survived the shipwreck, which happened after the boat’s engine failed a few hours after departing the coastal city Zawiya, west of the capital Tripoli, on Tuesday morning.

A joint statement by the UN’s migration and refugee agencies said it was the first shipwreck involving migrants in the central Mediterranean this year.

Libya has become a key route for irregular migration to Europe in the chaotic years since the 2011 overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a NATO-backed uprising.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/jan/21/shipwreck-claims-the-lives-of-at-least-43-migrants-off-the-coast-of-libya

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/20/europe/43-people-drown-mediterranean-intl/index.html

Source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/shipwreck-off-libya-leaves-43-142430113.html

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