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57 migrants die in shipwreck off Libyan coast

  • Published at 12:16 pm July 27th, 2021
Mediterranean Migrant Crisis
File Photo: Migrants are rescued during a search and rescue (SAR) operation in the Mediterranean Sea on July 4, 2021 Reuters

Migrant boat departures to Italy and other parts of Europe from Libya and Tunisia have increased in recent months with better weather

At least 57 people drowned on Monday after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast near Khums, the latest tragedy in the central Mediterranean, the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. 

"According to survivors brought to shore by fishermen and the coast guard, at least 20 women and two children were among those who drowned," IOM spokeswoman Safa Msehli said in a tweet.

Migrant boat departures to Italy and other parts of Europe from Libya and Tunisia have increased in recent months with better weather. Hundreds of thousands have made the perilous crossing in the last years, many fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.