40 Feared Dead As Migrant Boat Carrying 100 Capsizes

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About 40 people are feared dead after a migrant boat carrying 100 persons capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.

Five bodies were also recovered, when the Europe-bound boat overturned off the coast of Libya.

The United Nations refugee agency, which confirmed the tragedy said: “Terrible news coming in of potentially large loss of life in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya.”

Libya’s coast guard also confirmed the number of bodies recovered in the incident.

The UN said that children were among the dead, and 60 people have been rescued after the boat overturned close to the western Libyan town of Khoms.

However, at least 40 people are still missing and rescuers are searching the sea. Vessels, which are not seaworthy and often overloaded with migrants trying to reach Europe regularly capsize off Libya.

Last week, more than 100 people died after a boat with about 250 capsized last month.

Libya became a major port for African migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe, following the uprising that toppled and killed Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Traffickers and armed groups have also exploited Libya’s chaotic situation since Gaddafi’s overthrow.

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