54 Migrants Die Off The Coast of Libya

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  1. On Saturday 27th May 2017, Libyan and Italian officials said about 10,000 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya over the previous four days but at least 54 others died,
  2. “On Saturday, the Tunisian army also rescued 126 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa hoping to reach Italian shores, officials said. They were aboard a flimsy inflatable boat off the coastal town of Ben Gardane, near the Libyan border.”
  3. “On Friday, more than 1,200 migrants were rescued by Libyan ships and taken to Tripoli or Zawiya,  about 50 kilometres west, while the Italian coastguard and commercial boats rescued 2,200 others and took them to Italy.”
  4. “At least 10 bodies were also found by the Italian coastguard, officials said. Migrants were still disembarking in southern Italy on Saturday. Another 6,400 were picked up between Tuesday and Thursday, but at least 44 people died, including 35 who drowned on Wednesday when a powerful wave struck their vessel, pitching them into the sea as a rescue ship was distributing life jackets.”
  5. “More than 50,000 migrants have reached the Italian coast since the start of the year, not counting those rescued in recent days, while more than 1,400 have drowned or are missing, according to UN figures. Of the 181,000 migrants who entered Italy last year, some 90 percent arrived via Libya.”

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