A wooden boat carrying 250 European immigrants was overturned in Libya. The Libyan sea defence team and local fishermen rescued 134 people and confirmed that they died. The authorities are worried that the other 115 missing persons will be completely stunned. This is the worst refugee accident in the Mediterranean this year.
Reuters reported that the UNHCR (UNHCR) Director Filippo Grandi tweeted: “This year’s worst Mediterranean tragedy has just happened.” UNHCR said earlier that it was fearful 150 people were killed.
Agence France-Presse reported that Libyan Navy spokesperson General Ayoub Kacem said: “The 134 immigrants on board were rescued and found a body, and another 115 were still missing.”
Kahim said in the statement: “According to survivors’ eyewitness testimony, including women and young children, a wooden boat carrying about 250 people sank about 5 nautical miles from the coast.”
Kahim said that most of the rescued immigrants came from sub-Saharan African countries such as Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan, as well as from Palestine, and the authorities are arranging shelters for them.
Safa Msehli, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya, said: “The shipwreck takes place on the outskirts of Khoms.” The city of Combs is about 100 kilometers east of Tripoli, the capital of Libya. According to Moselier, 145 people were rescued.
In addition, according to the MSF, the tragic situation is more serious than that issued by the relevant authorities. According to MSF, as many as 250 people are still missing. Julien Raickman, the head of Médecins Sans Frontières, told AFP by phone that the immigrants seemed to be on a boat tied to three ships and that the survivors said that a total of 400 people were on board.
UNHCR spokesman Charlie Yaxley said the new ship is unlikely to push the number of immigrants killed in the Mediterranean this year to more than 600, and the death toll is likely to exceed 1,000 for the sixth consecutive year.
Libya’s 2011 turmoil ended the 42-year rule of Moamer Kadhafi, and Gaddafi was captured and killed. Libya has been in a state of war since then, intensifying the refugee crisis in Europe. Libya has long been a major transport route for immigrants and refugees in sub-Saharan Africa.