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74 Drown, 47 Rescue, 31 Bodies Retrieve After Boat Capsized Near Libya

By Yusuf Akinloye Akintunde

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In nothing less than 74 migrants have been reportedly drowned in Europe-bound ship that capsized while leaving Libya to Europe countries.

The UN agency have said to have rescued nothing less than 47 people while others 31 bodies were also retrieved, and few are still missing, and not known if they are still dead or alive. The boat was carrying men, women and children of 120 in numbers before capsizing off the coast of Libya port at Al-Khums. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has confirmed the incident.

The organization have then notes that, since the 2011 uprising in Libya that ousted and killed the country longtime ruler, Moammar Gadhafi, the country has become a transit point for migrants hoping to get to Europe. And they have been falling into the hand of smugglers who often packed them in a non-standard boats that wrecked mostly along the Central Mediterranean sea.

According to Federico Soda, who is the IOM Libya Chief Mission, he has noted that, the mounting loss of life in the Mediterranean sea is becoming alarming and worried, then, urging states to deploy necessary tools to stop the act and ensure much rescue capacity in the sea-crossing attempt.

Statistically, over 780 people have enter Italy through sea crossing from October and over 11,000 have been intercepted and returned to Libya.


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