Libyan coast: Many migrants died in boat accident
As of: December 26th, 2021 2:16 p.m.
At least 27 people were killed in a boat accident off the Libyan coast. The refugees are said to have been discovered in two locations in the coastal town of Choms.
At least 27 dead refugees, including a baby and two women, have been found on the western Libyan coast. This was announced by the Libyan Red Crescent. They were discovered on Saturday evening in two locations in the coastal town of Choms. Three migrants have been rescued and others have been searched. In the past few days there have been several shipwrecks while trying to reach Europe from Libya across the Mediterranean.
1500 people have died so far in 2021
Despite the precarious security situation, Libya is still an important starting point for tens of thousands of migrants on their way to Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 1,500 people have died in the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. More than 30,000 other migrants were picked up at sea during the same period and brought back to Libya.
44 refugees saved
On Saturday, Tunisia’s navy rescued 44 people who had left the neighboring country to go to Italy. Most of them came from Syria and Mali, according to the Tunisian Red Crescent. The people had called for help from their broken boat off the coast of the city of Zarzis in the south of the country. The people are now supposed to come to emergency shelters in Tunisia. However, these are very overcrowded.
Gangs of smugglers have recently been using a dangerous route from Turkey to Italy to bypass patrols on the Greek islands in the East Aegean, which are much closer to mainland Turkey.