At least 57 migrants dead in shipwreck off Libya

IOM: '980 victims since start of year, attempts doubled'

27 July, 11:35

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, 27 LUG - At least 57 migrants, including 20 women and two children, died in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean, said the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). It said the boat sank off the coast of Khoms, a city about 100 km east of the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

    "Another tragedy. With this shipwreck, the estimate of deaths in the Central Mediterranean is nearly a thousand (over 980)," said IOM Spokesperson for the Mediterranean Flavio Di Giacomo.

    "Last year there were 272. We must no longer hesitate, and do everything to strengthen the system of patrols at sea.

    Immediately," Di Giacomo said.

    According to UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, more than 13,000 migrants have been brought back to Libya since January, double the number of last year. (ANSAmed).

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