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NEWS Scores of migrants drown off Libyan coast

NEWS Scores of migrants drown off Libyan coast

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Over 1,500 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean so far this year More than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline earlier this month, an aid agency says.According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) two rubber boats set off on 1 September, but one of the vessels deflated…


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NEWS Migrants are seen in a rubber dinghy as they are rescued by Libyan coast guards off the coast of Libya, 15 January 2015Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Over 1,500 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean so far this year

More than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline earlier this month, an aid agency says.

According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) two rubber boats set off on 1 September, but one of the vessels deflated and sank.

The 276 survivors were eventually taken to the Libyan port city of Khoms, around 100 km (62 miles) to the south-east of the capital Tripoli.

MSF says the group is now being held in “arbitrary detention”.

The survivors, including pregnant women, children and infants, have been treated by MSF for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel.

Over 1,500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Many more have been rescued, although Italy, a primary destination for migrants travelling from Libya, has recently started to refuse entry to migrant ships.

Concerns remain for those who are returned to Libya by the country’s Coast Guard, with reports emerging late last year of sub-Saharan African migrants being kidnapped for ransom or sold as slaves in the northern African country.

Libya remains unstable since the overthrow of long-term leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Hundreds of migrants held in detention had to be moved afterdeadly clashes broke out in the Tripoli in late August, whilegunmen also attacked the National Oil Corporationon 10 September.

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