Migrants die off Libya


Fifteen migrants died in a boat off the Libyan coast after 12 days at sea without food or water, an Egyptian survivor said.

The owner of a beach chalet found bodies and migrants on shore near Misrata and called authorities, who brought them to the Red Crescent relief service and hospitals, residents said.
“We were 25 migrants on a boat. We set off from Sabratha and were at sea for 12 days without food and water,” the survivor said. “Fifteen died.”

Residents said 10 migrants appeared to be in poor health. No further details or comment from authorities were immediately available.

Libya’s west coast is a departure point for mainly sub-Saharan African migrants fleeing wars and poverty and hoping for new lives in Europe.

Since last year the number of migrants reaching Italy has fallen sharply as smuggling networks inside Libya are disrupted and the European Union stepped up efforts to boost Libyan coastguard patrols.