Eleven immigrants killed and 263 rescued at sea from Libya


Eleven immigrants died at sea and another 263 were rescued this Sunday in two different operations off the west coast of Libya , reported the navy of that North African country.
In the first operation, the coastguards found 11 bodies and 83 survivors in the sea off the city of Sabratha, and in the second, they rescued 180 immigrants adrift in two inflatable boats near the city of Zliten, the spokesman said. the Libyan Navy, General Ayub Kacem, in a statement.
“The 11 migrants drowned when the (boat) Zodiac circled, but the survivors hoisted them up to the boat,” Mohamad Erhuma, a member of the coast guard services of the city of Zawia, told AFP. the corpses and the rescued migrants.
In front of Zliten (170 km east of Tripoli), 180 migrants of different African nationalities were rescued, sailing in two inflatable boats, according to General Kacem, who said they were taken to the port of the capital, Tripoli. Since the fall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011, Libya has become a key transit point for illegal immigration to Europe. However, the number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya fell since the summer of 2017 after controversial agreements between the Italian authorities and Libyan armed groups. So far this year, at least 359 migrants died or were declared missing in the central Mediterranean, compared to 1,020 last year at the same time, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration collected until April 18.
Source: AFP


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