Italian Coast Guard: 10 migrants drowned as dinghy capsizes off Libyan coast

Coastguard and navy boats had took part in 26 different operations which rescued a total of 3,324 migrants on June 26, 2016. AFP
Coastguard and navy boats had took part in 26 different operations which rescued a total of 3,324 migrants on June 26, 2016. AFP

Around 10 people have drowned and more than 100 others have been rescued when an inflatable boat carrying immigrants capsized 32km (20 miles) off Libya’s coast.

The Italian Coast Guard announced Thursday that the 10 migrants who died were all women.

More than 64,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy since the start of this year, according to UN figures, including more than 16,000 in June alone. Most of the arrivals have come from African countries.

The Italian coast guard arrived at the scene of Thursday’s sinking after a distress signal was received at its Rome headquarters.

The dinghy was partly submerged and many of its passengers were already in the water, reports said.

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