Two migrants die, 108 rescued off Libya coast: coastguard

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Two migrants trying to reach Europe by boat died off Libya’s coast on Monday, another 10 were missing and more than 100 rescued, the coastguard said.

Two migrants die, 108 rescued off Libya coast: coastguard

Two migrants die, 108 rescued off Libya coast: coastguardTripoli (Libya) – 21 December 2015 16:35 – AFPTwo migrants trying to reach Europe by boat died off Libya’s coast on Monday, another 10 were missing and more than 100 rescued, the coastguard said.”We saved 108 people but two drowned and 10 others were reported missing,” the coastguard’s Colonel Ashraf al-Badri said.”The boat was almost completely under water” outside Janzour town 10 kilometres (six miles) west of Tripoli, he said.The rescued migrants were not wearing life jackets, an AFP photographer said.The coastguard took them to the Tripoli naval base and gave them dry clothes, including military uniforms, and blankets while they waited for the illegal migration authority to take them to a detention centre.Libya has for years been a stepping stone for migrants seeking to reach Europe, but smugglers have stepped up their lucrative business since the 2011 fall of Moamer Kadhafi.Early this month, Italy’s coastguard said it had rescued more than 4,600 people from unseaworthy boats off the Libyan coast in three days.In late November, the International Organization for Migration estimated that nearly 860,000 migrants had landed in Europe so far this year, with more than 3,500 dying while crossing the Mediterranean in search of safety.bur-mah/rb/ah

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