15 migrants dead, 10 rescued off Libyan coast
Survivors held in detention at Rashid police station / Ahmed Gomaa - Courtesy: Ahmed Gomaa

A boat carrying 10 migrants was rescued near the Shorouk resort by the coastal Libyan city of Misrata early Tuesday morning, according to a Libyan Coast Guard official in Misrata.

The boat, which set out from the Libyan city of Sabratha to Europe, was stranded at sea for 12 days and was originally carrying 25 migrants, the source said. Fifteen people on board died of hunger and dehydration and survivors were forced to throw their bodies into the sea.

The 10 survivors include three Egyptians and seven people from a number of African states. They were rescued by a Libyan Coast Guard patrol at 2 am on Tuesday and taken to the migrant detention center in Kararim.

A source from Libya’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency said the survivors would be treated as illegal immigrants.

The head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya tweeted, “Doctors and emergency team on the way. Alarming we still do not see solid steps to address irregular unsafe movements across [the Mediterranean Sea].”

As of December 4, the IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) has recorded 2,133 people who have drowned or gone missing on migratory routes across the Mediterranean in 2018.

While the number of arrivals in Italy is down by 80 percent in 2018 compared to 2017, the effort to reduce migration through coordination between European countries and Libyan actors has left many in detention centers, where they face abuse and overcrowding.


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