15 illegal migrants drown off Libyan coast

33% less migrants arrived to Italy in 2017 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

At least 15 migrants have died in a boat off the Libyan coast, an Egyptian survivor told Reuters on Tuesday.

“We were 25 migrants on a boat … We set off from (the western Libyan town of) Sabratah and we were at sea for 12 days without food and water,” he said, speaking in the western city of Misrata. “15 have died.” He explained to Reuters.

Libya has become the number one destination of African and Arab illegal migrants who wish to cross the sea to Italy and then to European countries for better living conditions.

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