11 migrants die in shipwreck off Libya: UN

27 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

TRIPOLI: At least 11 migrants died on Sunday when their boat floundered off the coast of Libya, the UN’s migration agency said, days after 20 others died in desperate bids to reach Europe, reports AFP.

“At least 11 migrants drowned after their boat capsized this morning, according to 10 survivors rescued by fishermen and coastal security,” tweeted Safa Msehli, spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration.

“Despite continuous deaths, very little action has been taken by states to save lives,” she added.

Libya, wracked by a decade of violence and lawlessness, has become a major base for people smugglers and a launchpad for migrants seeking a better life in Europe.