3 migrants drown, 13 missing in boat capsize off Libya

27 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

TRIPOLI: Three people have died and 13 are feared drowned after a boat carrying refugees and migrants capsized off Libya’s coast, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which added there were 22 survivors, report agencies. 

The dead include two Syrians and one man from Ghana.  The survivors – from Egypt, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Niger, Somalia, Syria and Ghana – were rescued by fishing vessels in coordination with the Libyan coastguard and later transferred to the Zliten detention center, according to IOM spokeswoman Safa Msehli.  The Libyan coastguard said the death toll could rise as search teams scoured the area for more bodies.