Wednesday, 18/9/2019 | 9:02 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

MORE THAN 100 ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM LIBYA DROWN AS BOAT SINKS IN MEDITERRANEAN SEA

GENEVA, In yet another tragic accident, more than 100 refugees have drowned after a boat sank in rough conditions in the Mediterranean Sea. So far four survivors and eight bodies have been recovered.

The Italian Navy was searching for possible survivors from the vessel.

Flavio Di Giacomo, from the International Organisation for Migration, said around 106 people were thought to have died and described the conditions at sea as "extremely bad".

The boat went down in waters between Libya and Italy, which has become the deadliest sea crossing in the world since the start of the refugee crisis.

It claimed the vast majority of more than 5,000 lives lost in treacherous boat journeys to Europe in 2016, the deadliest year on record, with people drowning or being crushed or suffocated in overcrowded smugglers' boats.

Saturday's disaster was the worst single incident so far this year, which has already seen at least 122 deaths at sea.

Rescue workers warn that the crisis is showing no sign of slowing in the Central Mediterranean, which has become the main route since the EU-Turkey deal was implemented in March to reduce comparatively shorter and safer crossings over the Aegean Sea.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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