Six dead after migrant boat capsizes off Libya

TRIPOLI: Six people were found dead and 29 are missing and presumed dead after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Saturday.

“A small wooden boat carrying around 35 migrants capsized off Sabratha, #Libya yesterday,” the IOM tweeted.

“The bodies of six people have been retrieved while 29 others are missing and presumed dead. At least 53 migrants have been reported dead or missing off Libya this week alone.”

Libya, wracked by a decade of conflict and lawlessness, has become a key departure point for African and Asian migrants making desperate attempts to reach Europe.

Migrants often endure horrific conditions in Libya before boarding overcrowded, often unseaworthy vessels that frequently sink or run into trouble.

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