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Migrant boat drowns off the coast of Libya, 22 dead

Twenty-two people from Mali, including three children, have died in a boat disaster off the coast of Libya, the United Nations and the Malian government have confirmed. The people who died were part of a group of 83, most of them Malian nationals, stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22, the Ministry of Malians […]

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At least 35 people presumed dead after boat capsizes off Libya’s coast

At least 35 people are presumed dead after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, the United Nations migration agency said on Saturday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the boat sank off the western Libyan city of Sabratha, a major launching point for people from Africa who attempt to make the dangerous voyage […]

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Bodies of more than a dozen drowned migrants wash up on Libya’s coastline

The bodies of more than a dozen migrants who drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe washed up on Libya’s coastline, its interior ministry and the local Red Crescent said. Libya is a major transit point for migrants, many from African countries, who are seeking better opportunities in Europe. Mohamed Abushaala, the head of […]

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More than 160 migrants drown in two separate shipwrecks off Libya: UN

More than 160 migrants drowned in two separate shipwrecks off Libya during the past week, a United Nations migration official said. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, said on Tuesday that at least 102 migrants were reported dead after their wooden boat capsized off Libya on Friday. At least eight others […]

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Libya: Son of former leader Gaddafi to run for president

The son of Libya’s late leader Muammar al-Gaddafi has registered as a candidate in the country’s first direct presidential election next month. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was once the heir apparent to his father, but his support for a brutal crackdown on protesters 10 years ago tarnished his image. Since that 2011 uprising, Libya has been […]

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Libyan detention centre guards shoot dead six migrants amid crackdown against refugees

Guards at a Libyan detention centre shot dead six migrants, the United Nations agency for migration said, amid an ongoing violent crackdown against refugees and asylum seekers. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday said overcrowding at the Ghot Shaal detention centre in Tripoli had led to chaos at the facility. The UN agency’s […]

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Refugee boat capsizes off the coast of Tunisia; 43 dead, 84 rescued

At least 43 migrants and refugees are feared to have drowned while 84 were rescued after a shipwreck off Tunisia’s coast, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Saturday. The boat had set off from Zuwarah on Libya’s northwest coast, carrying migrants and refugees from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh, as they tried to cross the […]

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Libya bans military movement after Haftar takes control of border crossing with Algeria

Libya’s presidential council banned any military movement across the country without its approval after forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar said they took control of a border crossing with Algeria and declared it a military zone. “The Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army announces a complete ban on the movement of military units, […]

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Migrant boat capsizes off the coast of Tunisia, 57 feared downed

At least 57 migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy and 33 were rescued, humanitarian organisation Tunisian Red Crescent said on Tuesday. In recent weeks, drowning incidents have occurred off the Tunisian coast, with an increase in the frequency of trips to Europe from […]

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At least 11 people drown after migrant boat bound for Europe capsizes off Libya

At least 11 people died after a migrant boat bound for Europe capsized off the coast Libya, the UN migration agency said. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the tragedy took place on Sunday near the western town of Zawiya. The Libyan coast guard rescued 12 migrants. “The continuous loss of life calls for […]

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Mahmoud al-Werfalli: Libyan military commander wanted for war crimes shot dead

A senior Libyan military figure, Mahmoud al-Werfalli loyal to deflated military commander Khalifa Haftar and wanted for alleged war crimes was shot dead by unidentified attackers in the eastern city of Benghazi. The gunmen on Wednesday opened fire on a vehicle carrying al-Werfalli, seriously wounding him and his cousin, Ayman, AFP news agency reported. The […]

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Dozens drowned, scores rescued as two boats with migrants sinks off Tunisia

At least 40 people died when two boats sank off Tunisia while they were trying to reach Europe, officials said. All the deceased were from sub-Saharan African countries, Mohamed Zekri, spokesman for Tunisia’s defence ministry, said on Tuesday. The coastguard rescued 165 other people who were on board the boats heading to the Italian island […]