More than 100 bodies recovered after Libya migrant boat sinks

105 bodies have been recovered after a boat packed with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya. Authorities said nearly 100 more were missing and feared dead.

The boat sank after leaving the city of Zuwara. Nearly 200 people had been rescued so far.

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Libya recovers 105 bodies after boat sinks, 100 missing

Bodies of dead migrants recovered by the Libyan coastguard. Credit: Reuters

The confirmed number of deaths after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea has risen to 105 with almost 100 more still missing.

Lacking navy ships, Libyan officials were searching for survivors with fishing boats and inflatables provided by locals.

About 198 people had been rescued by noon, the coast guard said.

Libya officials and residents were putting bodies into red bags on a beach littered with shoes, trousers and other personal items from those who perished.

Shoes and other personal items littered the Libyan coast after the tragedy Credit: Reuters

The vessel sank yesterday after leaving Zuwara, a major launchpad for smugglers taking advantage of lax security in Libya where rival governments are fighting for control four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

Survivor Ayman Talaal, from Syria said: "The boat was in a bad condition and people died with us."

We have been forced into this route. It's now called the grave of the Mediterranean Sea.

– Survivor Ayman Talaal, from Syria

The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has passed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 in the whole of 2014, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said.

More than 2,500 people have died making the crossing this year, not including those feared drowned off Libya in the last 24 hours, it said.


More than 2,500 killed this year in attempt to reach Europe

More than 2,500 people have died this year attempting to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean by boat, according to statistics from the UNHCR.

The UN refugee agency said the figure did not include the 200 who are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya in the past 24 hours.

The number of refugees and migrants who tried to cross the Mediterranean by boat over the past two years were:

in 2014
in 2015

Eighty-two bodies recovered after boat capsizes

The bodies of 82 people have been recovered after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast yesterday, according to officials, with 100 people still missing.

According to the humanitarian charity Red Crescent a further 198 migrants were rescued after the boat overturned.

As many as 100 people are still missing after migrant boat capsized Credit: Reuters
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