Eritreans and Sudanese among 145 survivors from a tragic boat accident off the coast of Libya
July 25, 2019
At least 100 refugees and migrants are reported killed after a boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.
The boat was capsized in the town of al Khoms which is located about 120 kilometers east of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, according to a report by Aljazeera which cited International Organization for Migration as a source.
There are different reports regarding the number of people killed in the accident. Latest reports that cite refugee and migration agencies say the number of people killed is about 150.
“I am horrified by reports that about 150 people died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya. We need safe, legal routes for migrants and refugees. Every migrant searching for a better life deserves safety and dignity,” the secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres, tweeted on Thursday.
Women and children are among the victims of the tragedy.
Origin countries of the victims are not yet established. However, the latest update on twitter by IOM indicates that most of the survivors are Eritreans and Sudanese.
“Survivors from the shipwreck, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese report some 250 were on the boat before it capsized off the coast of Khums after engine failure…,” said IOM in a Twitter message.
Those who survived the tragic incident, and they are believed to be 145, are taken to back to the Libyan shore. Local fishermen were first responders; they picked up survivors who were later taken to the shore by Libyan coastguards.
The Libyan sea route to Europe is the most dangerous one. This year alone, the IOM has reported about 700 deaths, as reported by Aljazeera.
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