Migration At least 57 migrants have been drowned in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast

The boat crashed near Khums on the Libyan coast.

At least 57 people drowned on Monday as a boat sank off the Libyan coast near Khums, 120 kilometers from the capital Tripoli, news agencies AFP and Reuters report.

According to AFP, it was not clear at first why the ship capsized. However, ships that often depart from the north coast of Africa to Europe are in poor condition and overcrowded, in addition to which they often travel in bad weather in the middle of the night.

“According to fishermen and survivors brought ashore by the Coast Guard, at least 20 women and two children were drowned,” said a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Safa Msehli On Twitter.

Head of the IOM Delegation to Libya Federico Soda also told about the situation on Twitter and said the silence and lack of action are unforgivable.

Emigration by sea from Libya and Tunisia to Italy and the rest of Europe has increased in recent months due to good weather. According to the IOM, twice as many people have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean as at the same time last year.

The Libyan Coast Guard is on this year returned to Libya more than 13,000 people, more than in 2020, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Libya.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands have fled the Middle East and Africa on a dangerous boat trip.

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