This photo provided by the International Organization for Migration shows migrants from four boats being returned to the shore in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP)
TRIPOLI – At least 57 illegal migrants drowned off the Libyan coast on Monday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.
“At least 57 migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Khums Libya today. Survivors who spoke to our staff said 20 women and two children were among those who lost their lives,” the IOM tweeted.”Yet another tragedy highlights the immediate need for State-led SaR capacity in this dangerous route.”
According to the IOM, more than 18,000 illegal migrants have been rescued and returned to Libya so far in 2021, while hundreds others died and went missing on the Central Mediterranean route
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Residents in Libya have been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, which makes the North African country a preferred point of departure for illegal migrants to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.
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According to the IOM, more than 18,000 illegal migrants have been rescued and returned to Libya so far in 2021, while hundreds others died and went missing on the Central Mediterranean route.