Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
200 reported dead after boat carrying African migrants sinks before reaching Europe

By News Express on 15/09/2014

Views: 3,087


Scores of African migrants trying to reach Europe were feared dead last night after their boat sank off the Libyan coast.

Only 36 of approximately 250 passengers had been rescued, a Libyan navy spokesman said. Ayub Qassem told Reuters that the boat had sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital, Tripoli. He said: “There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea.”

Libya is a major departure point for migrants leaving Africa, often for Italy, but the use of rickety wooden boats has resulted in hundreds of deaths.

Human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown as leader in an uprising in 2011.

The latest incident comes just weeks after another wooden boat heading for Italy sank half a mile off the Libyan coast, killing 100 people.

Qassem said the Libyan coastguard was under-equipped to deal with the scale of the problem and had few resources to search for survivors.

There has been a surge in the number of migrants attempting to make the hazardous journey from north Africa and the Middle East to Europe. More than 100,000 have reached Italy since the start of the year and nearly 2,000 have perished in the attempt, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

The Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has called on the EU to take responsibility for rescuing migrants attempting the sea crossing, and on the UN to help curb the flow of refugees from Libya.

•Text courtsy of The Guardian of London. Photo, courtesy of Italian navy/AP, shows boat carrying African migrants to Europe.

Source News Express

Posted 15/09/2014 8:39:52 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
My girlfriend used to beat me silly —British...

N70m Fraud: Court adjourns trial of NIMG Director,...

IPOB: FG’s first witness testifies behind barricade

4,000 Nigerians, foreigners trapped in kidnappers’ den across...

Alleged Fraud: CSNAC commends Ministry over interdiction of...

National Conference: Jonathan has hidden agenda —Northern Elders...

TD fetes customers, partners in grand style

Ambode wins Transparency & Good Governance Merit Award...

BREAKING: Niger Delta Avengers disown peace talks, blow...

Gunmen kill APC treasurer in Ekiti

Oba of Lagos v Ooni of Ife

Calabar monorail ready for inauguration

 

Latest News Canadian regional government declares August 3 Igbo Day Presidential Election Tribunal orders INEC to produce documents requested by PDP, Atiku Oshiomhole behind Edo House of Assembly crisis: Obaseki Couple falls from 9 storey building while having sex Herdsmen: Anarchy looming in Nigeria — CAN •Calls on Ndigbo to defend themselves True confession: We don't know whereabouts of remaining Chibok girls - FG Reps ask IGP to shut down Edo Assembly Surrender or risk calamity – GOC warns insurgents Outrage over Gbajabiamila’s appointment of APGA member as aide Community leaders move against land racketeers in Uzo-Uwani Enugu Court to hear El-Zakzaky’s application to travel abroad on Thursday Sex toy shop saga: Senate extends committee investigation on Elisha Abbo

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (508,538 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (431,108 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (372,912 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (316,442 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (281,995 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (246,953 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (238,792 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (222,476 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (220,856 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (208,418 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (188,098 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (186,740 views)

 

NLNG Job Vacancy

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (96) Business & Economy (4,354) Business Verdict (76) Columnists (1,070) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (211) Entertainment (635) Features (778) Global Business Monitor (395) ICT Monitor (53) International (3,719) Interview (192) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (163) Maggie's Blog (338) News (48,726) Opinion (1,290) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,162) Religion (1,050) Sports (2,097) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera