90 migrants dead as boat capsizes off Libya coast


No fewer than 90 people lost their lives on Friday in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya.

The UN International Organization for Migration said the 90 migrants were reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning.

It added that, “10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores”, including two Libyan nationals and eight Pakistanis. Two survivors from the disaster had swum to shore, while another was rescued by a fishing boat,” IOM further said.

Figures by IOM showed that excluding Friday’s tragedy, 218 migrants have already died on the central route in 2018.

“Twenty-eight migrants have died in 2018 on the western route that links North Africa to Spain,” IOM added.

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