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Not less than 73 migrants ‘presumed lifeless’ after shipwreck off Libya

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Dozens of migrants are believed to have died in a shipwreck off Libya, with solely seven survivors discovered up to now, the United Nations mentioned Wednesday.

“Not less than 73 migrants are reported lacking and presumed lifeless following a tragic shipwreck off the Libyan coast yesterday (Tuesday),” the UN’s Worldwide Group for Migration mentioned.

The boat carrying 80 individuals had departed Qasr al-Akhyar, some 75 kilometers (46 miles) east of the capital, Tripoli, and was heading to Europe.

Up to now, 11 our bodies have been retrieved by the Libyan Purple Crescent and the native police, IOM mentioned.

And the UN migration company mentioned that “seven survivors who made it again to Libyan shores in extraordinarily dire circumstances are at the moment within the hospital.”

The central Mediterranean stays the world’s deadliest migratory sea crossing.

The newest tragedy brings the variety of deaths there because the starting of this 12 months alone to 130, IOM mentioned.

In response to the company’s Lacking Migrants Mission, greater than 1,450 migrant deaths have been recorded on that route in 2022.

And greater than 17,000 deaths and disappearances have been recorded there since 2014.

“This case is insupportable,” IOM mentioned.

“Concrete motion by states is required to extend search and rescue capability, set up clear and secure disembarkation mechanisms in addition to secure and common pathways to migration to cut back harmful journeys.”