Dozens of migrants drown off Libya coast


libya  coast migrants drownCAIRO — The spokesman of Libya’s coast guard says that a boat carrying at least 250 African migrants to Europe capsized before leaving the coast near the capital, Tripoli, drowning dozens.

Qassim Ayoub told The Associated Press that Libyan coast guards are retrieving dozens of bodies still floating 18 kilometers (11 miles) off the coast in the Tajoura district. He added that 36 African migrants, including three women — one of them pregnant — were rescued on Monday.

Libya has grown increasingly lawless since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, making it a migration hub for sub-Saharan Africans seeking a better life. Scores are killed every year on the dangerous journey to Europe.

Washington Post/ The Associated Press



10 responses to “Dozens of migrants drown off Libya coast”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Can anyone say .. ‘Top Heavy’?

  2. Shirdel2142 Avatar

    What a waste of precious life.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Some would argue that line, Shirdel … but they paid ‘life-savings’ to make a trip in the usual ‘last gasp’ boats that the smugglers use, and it seems they NEVER read all these news stories about the history of the shortened future they are paying for. The roads of Italy are not paved with gold, either.

  3. sweetvirgo Avatar

    “A boat carrying at least 250 African migrants toEurope capsized before leaving the coast near the capital”

    How did it capsize before leaving?? This is terrible.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      It was 11 miles out, Sweetie. They write like that is their coast. 😉
      Some have been shot at before they got 200 yards …. sitting ducks.
      Did you read the one last year where competitive smugglers were shooting at each other? The cargo wasn’t worried about very much ….

      1. sweetvirgo Avatar

        It’s crazy…damn smuggleres

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          I don’t know why they use the word ‘migrants’ …. it should be ‘escapees’.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Additional stats on ‘escapees’ for the year …. 500 near Malta … competitive smugglers again …. approx. 2500 ‘floaters’ this year alone.

  4. Reasonableman Avatar

    WHY?? one pregnant lady??? WHY??? 🙁

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Easier way to carry the kid?
      Although, I think any concept of ‘Planned Parenthood’ is probably remote.

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