The Worldwide Group for Migration in Libya reported on the social media platform (X) that 61 migrants, together with ladies and youngsters, died on Saturday within the tragic accident of a ship sinking off the Libyan coast.
The group relayed testimonies from survivors who mentioned the boat, which carried round 86 individuals, was leaving from the Libyan city of Zuwara.
In line with the group, which operates beneath the auspices of the United Nations, sturdy waves overwhelmed the boat stuffed with migrants, nearly all of whom had been residents of Nigeria, Gambia and different African nations, and among the many victims included ladies and youngsters.
25 individuals had been rescued from the accident and acquired medical assist from the IOM group as they had been all in good well being.
The spokesperson for the Worldwide Group for Migration within the Mediterranean area, Flavio Di Giacomo, expressed his remorse over the excessive variety of drownings, as he acknowledged on the (X) platform, saying: (Extra 2,250 individuals misplaced their lives within the Mediterranean area). Central Mediterranean this yr), which exhibits that not sufficient is being performed to avoid wasting lives at sea.
Libya and Tunisia are the 2 fundamental departure factors for migrants looking for to succeed in Europe by way of the Italian coast from North Africa.
In line with the most recent figures revealed by the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees, greater than 153,000 migrants have arrived in Italy this yr, from Tunisia and Libya.