At least 30 immigrants drown off Libyan coast

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Tuesday 30 May 2017

Migrants on a rubber dinghy are approached to be rescued by the vessel Responder, run by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the Italian Red Cross, in the Mediterranean sea, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. According to MOAS 147 people, of which 20 women, were rescued. (Francesco Malavolta/MOAS via AP)

Migrants rescued from a rubber boat that left Libya last week said as many as 30 people were trampled or drowned during their voyage as this year’s Mediterranean death toll climbed to more than 1,700, the U.N. said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

They arrived in Pozzallo, Italy, on Monday and said their boat lost its motor and took on water hours after leaving Libya, according to Reuters.

Reuters explained that some other migrants fell in the sea and drowned and others were trampled during the panic, including a small child, leaving between 20 and 30 dead. Two bodies were recovered.

Migrant arrivals by sea to Italy are up about a third this year to roughly 60,000, and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has recorded more than 1,700 dead or missing. More than 50 bodies have been brought to Italy over the past few days and dozens more are feared dead, the agency said, according to Reuters.

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