Libyan coastguards: Over 100 illegal migrants feared dead

Libya coastguard vessels (Photo:Libyan Navy)

Libya’s coastguards said about 100 migrants were believed missing at sea and that at least 279 others had been rescued off the Libyan coast.

Wednesday’s statement says the migrants, mostly Africans, had embarked on the perilous trip across the Mediterranean in several vessels. Those missing were all from one single rubber boat that got ruptured while at sea.

The navy says the survivors, who were found on Tuesday, were taken a naval base in the capital, Tripoli.

On Sunday, the Libyan navy said it rescued 272 migrants.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 uprising. It has since become a frequently used route to Europe for those fleeing poverty and conflict.

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