Stella Dimoko Scores Of Migrants Feared Dead As Boat Capsizes Off Zuwara Coast


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Saturday, February 03, 2018

Scores Of Migrants Feared Dead As Boat Capsizes Off Zuwara Coast

At least 90 people were feared dead on Friday in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the UN migration agency said.

The tragedy happened off the coast of Zuwara in the early hours Friday, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokeswoman Olivia Headon told reporters in Geneva by phone from Tunis.

"At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning", the IOM said in a statement.

The agency said that "10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores", including those of two Libyans and eight Pakistanis.

Two survivors from the disaster had swum to shore, while another was rescued by a fishing boat, it added.

The agency has repeatedly issued warnings over the extreme dangers facing migrants who try to reach Europe via the so-called central Mediterranean route, which connects Libya to Italy.

IOM said Friday that more than 6,600 migrants and refugees had already entered Europe by sea this year, with central Mediterranean route crossings to Italy accounting for nearly 65 percent of the entries.

It voiced surprise that Libyans were among the dead, pointing out that only 29 Libyan nationals were rescued or intercepted trying to cross the Mediterranean in all of 2017, with no Libyan deaths recorded last year.

The large number of Pakistanis found dead could meanwhile hint at a shift in migration trends.

IOM pointed out that Pakistanis made up the 13th largest group trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe last year, with 3,138 of them arriving in Italy in 2017, and no recorded sea deaths.

But they have already climbed to third place this year, with an estimated 240 Pakistanis reaching Italy in January, compared to just nine during the same month last year.


  1. It's very obvious that these migrant will never listen to warning so it will be better that both the military and the Navy of both Libya and Italy is deploy to watch over the borders everyday.

  2. They won't listen. Sorry, no sorry for them.

  3. So people are still crossing this sea?
    Na wa

  4. Proudly Anonymous3 February 2018 at 10:54

    That saying about the stubborn fly,the corpse and the grave.


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