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Over 60 migrants feared drowned off Libya – IOM

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More than 60 migrants are feared to have drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Survivors recounted that the ill-fated vessel departed from the city of Zuwara with approximately 86 people on board.
Tragically, high waves overwhelmed the boat, leading to the presumed death of 61 migrants, including children.

Libya remains a prominent departure point for migrants attempting to cross the perilous Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe.

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The IOM highlights that this year alone, over 2,200 people have lost their lives in such attempts, making it one of the most dangerous migration routes globally.

The victims of this recent incident are predominantly from Nigeria, Gambia, and other African countries, as reported by the AFP news agency.

The IOM revealed that 25 survivors have been transferred to a Libyan detention center, receiving medical support.

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Expressing concern, an IOM spokesperson commented on the grim statistics, stating, “A dramatic number, which unfortunately demonstrates that not enough is being done to save lives at sea.”

This tragic event follows a pattern of perilous Mediterranean crossings, where overcrowded and unstable boats often lead to disasters.

Migrants undertaking these journeys typically hope to reach Italy before navigating their way to other European countries, driven by a variety of motives, including escaping conflict, persecution, or seeking employment.

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The UN’s refugee agency reports that over 153,000 migrants have arrived in Italy this year from Tunisia and Libya, further highlighting the persistent challenges faced by those attempting the treacherous sea journey.

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