- The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reveals that 10 bodies were washed up on Libyan shores, including two Libyan nationals and eight Pakistanis
- The IOM reports that 218 migrants have already died on the central route in 2018
- The organisation also discloses that 28 migrants have died in 2018 on the western route that connects North Africa to Spain
The UN migration agency, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has reported that not less than 90 people were feared dead on Friday, February 2, in the latest migrant incident in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya.
The statement by IOM which revealed that the tragedy took place on Friday, February 2, reported that 10 bodies were washed up on Libyan shores, including two Libyan nationals and eight Pakistanis, The Punch reports.
The IOM further reported that two survivors from the disaster had swum to shore, while another was rescued by a fishing boat.
The agency has repeatedly issued warnings over the extreme dangers facing migrants who try to reach Europe via the so-called central Mediterranean route, which connects Libya to Italy.
IOM reported that 218 migrants have already died on the central route in 2018. However, on the eastern Mediterranean route that connects Turkey and Greece, used by 1,089 in 2018 no fatalities have yet been recorded.
IOM also disclosed that 28 migrants have died in 2018 on the western route that connects North Africa to Spain.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that it was a tragic start to New Year for migrants from Nigeria and other countries as hundreds of them crossing to Italy and Spain were feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) had said.
IOM’s public information officer in Libya, Christine Petré, reported that the boats carrying the migrants departed from the coastal towns of Azzawiyah and Al Khums in Libya. Petré said: “Most of the survivors hail from African countries, including Senegal, Mali and Nigeria. The Libyan Cost Guard reported that eight were from Bangladesh while two were from Pakistan.”
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