Friday 16 November 2018

Over 100 migrants feared dead as boat capsizes off Libya

This Sunday, June 24, 2018 photo released by the Libyan Coast Guard shows migrants on a ship intercepted offshore near the town of Gohneima, east of the capital, Tripoli. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said. (Libyan Coast Guard via AP)
This Sunday, June 24, 2018 photo released by the Libyan Coast Guard shows migrants on a ship intercepted offshore near the town of Gohneima, east of the capital, Tripoli. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said. (Libyan Coast Guard via AP)

About 100 migrants are missing at sea, feared dead after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the North African country's coast guard said.

Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said the coast guard rescued 14 migrants but he could not provide definitive numbers for the migrants who were on board or their nationalities.

The boat capsized east of the capital Tripoli and the 14 were rescued on Friday, he said.

It was unclear when they embarked on the perilous trip for Europe or from where they had set off.

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

Traffickers have exploited Libya's chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and later killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Press Association

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