Mi­grants miss­ing af­ter ship­wreck off Libya

Truro Daily News - - WORLD -

CAIRO — The Libyan coast guard says some 100 mi­grants are miss­ing af­ter a ship­wreck off the coun­try’s west coast. Spokesman Ay­oub Gas­sim told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day that the dam­aged ves­sel was found the day be­fore, some 20 kilo­me­tres off­shore from the west­ern coastal city of Zuwara. The mi­grant boat had set out ear­lier from the nearby city of Sabratha, bound for Europe.

Gas­sim says the ves­sel was car­ry­ing some 130 mi­grants, mostly Africans, of whom around 30 were res­cued. Libya has be­come one of the main mi­grant tran­sit points to Europe as traf­fick­ers have ex­ploited the chaos fol­low­ing the 2011 upris­ing. The Euro­pean Union has given tens of mil­lions of eu­ros to Libyan au­thor­i­ties to try to curb the flow of mi­grants.

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