Three babies dead, 100 missing in shipwreck off Libya

About 120 migrants were aboard out of which 16 people have been rescued from the inflatable dinghy

Afp June 29, 2018
A crew member of MV Open Arms, the search and rescue ship of Proactiva Open Arms, carries a migrant baby before passing it to crew members of MV Aquarius, a search and rescue ship run in partnership between SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres, during a mid-sea transfer of migrants in the central Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, December 16, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

AL-HMIDIYA: The bodies of three babies were recovered and around 100 people were missing after a migrant boat sank off the coast of Libya on Friday, survivors and the coastguard said.

About 120 migrants were aboard the inflatable dinghy at the time, survivors brought ashore in al Hmidiya east of the capital Tripoli.

Sixteen people were rescued.

Also, six EU countries have agreed to take in over 200 migrants stranded on a rescue ship off Malta’s coast, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday, after days of bickering between member states over their fate.

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Each of the member states, which include France, Italy and Portugal, will take “a few dozen individuals” of the 233 migrants on board the Lifeline vessel, Macron said in Rome after talks with Pope Francis.

However, Macron also criticised the German NGO running the ship for contravening “all the rules” by coming to the migrants’ rescue when the Libyan coastguard was already intervening.

“We cannot permanently accept this situation,” he said. “In the end we are playing into the hands of smugglers by reducing the risks of the journey.”


Bunny Rabbit | 5 years ago | Reply Death is a solace for such people . I am sure their lives would have been more miserable .
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