Scores of Migrants Feared Dead Off the Coast of Libya

“Scores feared dead as migrants’ boat sinks off Libya,” by Martin Williams for the Guardian:

Scores of African migrants trying to reach Europe were feared dead last night after their boat sank off the Libyan coast.

Only 26 of the 250 had been rescued, a Libyan navy spokesman said. Ayub Qassem told Reuters that the boat had sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital, Tripoli. He said: “There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea.”

Libya is a major departure point for migrants leaving Africa, often for Italy, but the use of rickety wooden boats has resulted in hundreds of deaths.

Human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown as leader in an uprising in 2011…

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