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The International Organization for Migration’s office in Libya quoted survivors as saying that the boat was carrying about 86 people.
The International Organization for Migration said that at least 61 refugees and asylum seekers, including women and children, drowned after a “tragic” ship sank off Libya.
Early on Sunday, the organization’s office in Libya quoted survivors as saying that the boat was carrying about 86 people.
The International Organization for Migration’s office in Libya said in a statement that it believes that “a large number of migrants” died due to the high waves that submerged their ship after it left Zuwara on the northwestern coast of Libya.
Libya and Tunisia are major departure points for refugees and asylum seekers who risk dangerous sea journeys in the hope of reaching Europe via Italy.
In the latest incident, most of the victims – including women and children – were from Nigeria, Gambia and other African countries, the IOM office said, adding that nearly 25 people were rescued and transferred to a Libyan detention centre.
The IOM team “provided medical support” and that the survivors are all in good condition, the organization said.
Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, wrote on the sea”.
On June 14 of this year, the Adriana fishing boat carrying 750 people on its way from Libya to Italy sank in international waters off southwestern Greece.
According to survivors, the ship was carrying mainly Syrians, Pakistanis and Egyptians. Only 104 survived and 82 bodies were recovered.
More than 153,000 refugees and asylum seekers arrived in Italy this year from Tunisia and Libya, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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