Monday 24 September 2018

Hundred die in shipwreck off Libyan coast, with surviving migrants now held in detention

Libya has become a major transit point for migrants. Photo: Getty Images
Libya has become a major transit point for migrants. Photo: Getty Images

Alan Thompson

More than 100 people have died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast and the remaining survivors are being held in detention in the country, a humanitarian campaign group has claimed.

Doctors Without Borders said the shipwreck occurred on September 1 and survivors include people with severe burns, pregnant women and babies. A team from the organisation provided medical care.

The group says two rubber boats left the Libyan coast carrying migrants from Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Libya, Algeria and Egypt. One of the boats deflated and sank.

The Libyan coast guard recovered 276 survivors from both boats and took them to the port city of Khoms. Only two bodies were reportedly recovered.

Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for those fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa.

Irish Independent

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