At least 160 migrants die off Libya in one week — IOM

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Tripoli — At least 160 migrants have drowned off Libya’s coast after their boats sank over the past week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.اضافة اعلان

“During the past week, at least 160 lives were lost in the Central Mediterranean, off the coast of #Libya,” said Safa Msehli, spokesperson for the Geneva-based UN agency.

“Nearly 1,500 migrants drowned on this route this year,” she wrote on Twitter.
The IOM said that 466 migrants were intercepted or rescued at sea and returned to Libya between December 12 and 18.

Libya, which plunged into civil war following the 2011 toppling and killing of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, has become a key route for migrants seeking to reach Europe.

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