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Boat packed with migrants sinks off Libya, up to 200 feared dead


Boat packed with migrants sinks off Libya, up to 200 feared dead

Libya, Aug 28 (ANI): A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast and officials said up to 200 might have died. security official in the western town of Zuwara, from where the overcrowded boat had set off, said there had been around 400 people on board.

Later, the Libyan coast guard rescued around 201, of which 147 were brought to a detention facility for illegal migrants in Sabratha, west of Tripoli, the official said. he migrants on board had been from sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Syria, Morocco and Bangladesh, the security official said.

ne Syrian refugee rescued from the boat, Ayman Tallaal said that he knew the trip was dangerous, but felt he had no choice. spokesperson for the Red Crescent said that 66 people had died in the incident.

Libya's coast guard has very limited capabilities, relying on small inflatables, tug boats and fishing vessels.

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