100 feared dead after migrant ship sinks off Libya coast

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2018

An additional 345 migrants had been brought ashore in Tripoli and were receiving humanitarian assistance, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, EU leaders have squabbled over taking responsibility for migrants rescued at sea and vowed to strengthen Europe's external borders. Italy and Malta initially refused to allow the ships to dock in the two countries, though Malta eventually relented.

More than 330 migrants rescued by Italian coast guard and other European vessels have already disembarked at Sicilian ports, Italian media reported.

From these camps the migrants will be distributed also to those European Union countries that are willing voluntarily to accept them.

Some make it to worldwide waters where they hope to be picked up by global vessels, but increasing numbers are intercepted by Libya's EU-backed coastguard and returned to Libya.

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Near the Libyan coast capsized boat with 120 migrants, resulting in about 100 migrants could have died.

"They do this fully aware of the extreme violence and abuses that refugees and migrants suffer in Libya". More than 2,000 were returned by the Libyan coast guard last week.

Spokesman Ayoub Gassim told The Associated Press that the coast guard rescued 14 migrants but he couldn't provide definitive numbers for the migrants who were on board or their nationalities. It was unclear when they embarked on the perilous trip for Europe or from where they had set off.

Friday's tragedy transpired in the wake of a compromise worked out by European Union leaders over the issue of migration. Some of those screening centers would be outside Europe, perhaps in North Africa, to screen migrants before they arrive.

He noted that recently, for the fifth year in a row, the "grim milestone" of 1 000 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean was crossed.

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