Hundreds feared dead after boat capsizes off Libya

A rescue operation is underway after a migrant boat sank off the coast of Libya. Hundreds of people are reported to have been on board, with many trapped in the hold when the vessel capsized.

The boat was carrying at least 200 migrants when it capsized Thursday near the northwestern port city of Zuwara, Libya’s coast guard said.

“We have recovered 30 bodies so far and rescued dozens of people, with dozens more still missing,” a coast guard official told AFP, adding that most of the migrants accounted for so far were of African origin.

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A separate source quoted by Reuters said the boat was carrying around 400 people and that around half were feared drowned.

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Source News: DW