Many deaths as boat with African emigrants sinks off Libyan coast: Libya navy




 
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September 14th, 2014  
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Topic: Many deaths as boat with African emigrants sinks off Libyan coast: Libya navy


A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank on Sunday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said. Only 26 people have been rescued so far, navy spokesman Ayub Qassem told Reuters, adding that the boat had sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli. "There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea," he said, adding that the under-equipped coast guard had few resources to search for survivors. Human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011.

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