90 mi­grants per­ish as boat falls apart

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

CAIRO (AP): THE LIBYAN navy said yes­ter­day that at least 90 mi­grants are be­lieved to have per­ished when their rick­ety boat started to fall apart in the Mediter­ranean Sea af­ter leav­ing the Libyan coast.

The boat, which was made of rub­ber, tore and be­gan fill­ing with wa­ter about 42 kilo­me­tres (26 miles) off the Libyan coast, an area con­sid­ered to be in­ter­na­tional wa­ters, said the spokesman for the navy, Ay­oub Gas­sim.

The Libyan coast­guard res­cued 29 sur­vivors, who re­counted that there were 129 of them in all on the boat, mostly African na­tion­als, Gas­sim said.

The mi­grants left Ta­joura in west­ern Libya be­fore dawn on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, and the coast guard re­ceived a call for help around 3 p.m.


So far this year, the death toll for mi­grants in the Mediter­ranean has reached at least 3,800, mak­ing 2016 the dead­li­est year ever for mi­grants at sea. Mi­grants flee­ing war and poverty in­creas­ingly take the dan­ger­ous jour­ney from Libya to Italy on over­crowded boats, hop­ing to make their way to new lives in Europe.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, Doc­tors with­out Bor­ders said on Wed­nes­day that its per­son­nel re­cov­ered the bod­ies of 25 mi­grants aboard an over­crowded in­flat­able raft in the Mediter­ranean.

The bod­ies were dis­cov­ered dur­ing the res­cue of 246 peo­ple on two rafts, said the group, also known by its French acro­nym MSF.

MSF field co­or­di­na­tor Michele Te­laro said the vic­tims likely died of fuel in­hala­tion, and that the po­tent mix­ture of petrol and wa­ter ham­pered the re­cov­ery ef­forts dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, which took place on Tues­day. Twenty-three sur­vivors were treated for chem­i­cal burns.

Clin­ton, mean­while, dodged a ques­tion about whether she would meet one-on-one with Trump af­ter the elec­tion.

“I cer­tainly in­tend to reach out to Repub­li­cans and in­de­pen­dents and the elected lead­er­ship of the Congress,” Clin­ton told reporters on her cam­paign plane on Wed­nes­day.


Tra­di­tion­ally, pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates hold a well-pub­li­cised meet­ing in the weeks af­ter the elec­tion. While the mo­ment of bi­par­ti­san­ship is of­ten short-lived, the public ap­pear­ance sends an im­por­tant sig­nal to the coun­try that both par­ties

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