75 refugees drown in Mediterranean off Libyan coast: UN agency

Rome, Nov 21 (AP) The UN refugee agency said earlier this week 75 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean off the coast of northern Libya while trying to reach Italy by ferry.

The ‘International Organization for Migration’ gave this information by tweeting on Saturday. He said 15 people were rescued by fishermen and brought to the port of Juwara in northwestern Libya. He hasn’t given more details about it yet.

Meanwhile, Italy’s Coast Guard on Saturday rescued more than 420 refugees, including dozens of minors, in bad weather in the Mediterranean aboard boats.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that one of its motorized boats brought 70 refugees to Italy’s Lampedusa island, south of Sicily.

Meanwhile, another Coast Guard ship carrying more than 350 refugees headed for Porto Empedosli port in Sicily on Saturday evening. More than 40 minors are also included in these refugees. He was rescued from a fishing boat 115 km off the Sicilian coast.

The Coast Guard said the fishing boat was “at risk due to bad weather at sea and over-capacity”.

The statement described the rescue of the large number of refugees as “complicated”. It said four cargo ships were pressed into service during the rescue operation “to neutralize the effect of wind”.

AP Gola Mansi



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