Refugees and migrants are rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya attempting to achieve European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat within the Mediterranean sea, Wednesday, Nov. 11 (AP)
TUNIS: At the very least 74 migrants died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya on Thursday, the United Nations’ migration company stated, with 47 survivors dropped at shore by coastguards and fishermen.
Libya, which has had no steady central authorities since a NATO-backed rebellion in 2011, is a significant transit level for primarily African migrants looking for to cross the Mediterranean and attain Europe.
At the very least 900 have already drowned this 12 months making an attempt the crossing, in response to the company, the Worldwide Group for Migration (IOM).
One other 11,000 have been stopped at sea and returned to Libya, the place migrants are sometimes detained, exploited or abused.
IOM and the UN refugee company UNHCR have each stated that Libya shouldn’t be thought of a protected port of return, and that migrants rescued or stopped at sea shouldn’t be taken again there.