Over 146 migrants drowned off Libya’s coast, UNHCR says

  • Libyan Express |
  • Thursday 30 March 2017

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 146 illegal migrants have drowned off the Libyan coast on Wednesday and only one 16-year-old boy survived the sinking of the boat.

The boat sailed from Sabratha shores and journeyed on hoping to reach the nearest point to Italian coastguards, however, the boat sank and killed 146 illegal immigrants before they could be saved by the Operation Sophia ships and other humanitarian ]aiding ships like the Doctors Without Borders.

The UNHCR said the only survivor was rescued by a Spanish ship that is part of the crew of the Operation Sophia – the EU assistance operation off Libya’s coast.

“The boat sailed two days before the sinking and there were 146 on board,” the UNHCR reported the survivor as saying.

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