Migrant trouble: Ratings drown off Libyan coast

Migrants are seen in a rubber dinghy as they are rescued by Libyan coast guards off the coast of Libya, 15 January 2015 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Over 1,500 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean to this point this yr

more than ONE HUNDRED migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan sea coast earlier this month, an help agency says.

According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) two rubber boats set off on 1 September, however one in all the vessels deflated and sank.

The 276 survivors had been ultimately taken to the Libyan port town of Khoms, round ONE HUNDRED km (SIXTY TWO miles) to the south-east of the capital Tripoli.

MSF says the group is now being held in “arbitrary detention”.

The survivors, together with pregnant ladies, kids and infants, were treated by means of MSF for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel.

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Over 1,500 migrants have died whilst trying to cross the Mediterranean up to now this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Many more have been rescued, although Italy, a prime destination for migrants traveling from Libya, has just lately started to refuse access to migrant ships.

Concerns remain for folks who are lower back to Libya through the country’s Coast Shield, with reviews rising late closing yr of sub-Saharan African migrants being abducted for ransom or sold as slaves within the northern African country.

Libya is still volatile for the reason that overthrow of lengthy-time period chief Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Hundreds of migrants held in detention had to be moved after deadly clashes broke out within the Tripoli in late August, even as gunmen also attacked the National Oil Supplier on 10 September.

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