Sunday, June 24, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

23 killed as truck carrying migrants overturns in Libya

At least 23 people have died after a truck carrying hundreds of migrants overturned in Libya, according to local media.

Bani Walid is located  southeast of Tripoli

At least 23 people have been killed when a truck carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees overturned in northwestern Libya, according to local media reports.

Somali and Eritrean nationals were reportedly among those killed in Wednesday's road accident, which occurred some 60km south of the town of Bani Walid.

The accident also left at least 124 people injured, 35 of whom needed to be urgently transported to hospitals in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to the Libya Observer.

Bani Walid is located 180km southeast of Tripoli.

The truck was carrying an estimated 300 people, according to local reports.

In recent years, Libya has become a major transit destination for migrants and refugees undertaking the dangerous journey to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), up to 90 percent of people crossing the Mediterranean towards Europe depart from Libya.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that up to one million migrants are currently residing in Libya.

Last year, nearly 120,000 people arrived in European Union member countries having travelled through the Mediterranean from North Africa, according to IOM.

More than 20,000 refugees are estimated to have died attempting the crossing to Italy, in southern Europe, in the past four years, the IOM estimates, making it the deadliest border for refugees in the world.

Around 90 migrants drowned after a shipwreck off Libya's western coast on February 2, two weeks after Italian coastguards rescued some 1,400 refugees from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

South Sudan armed opposition reject...

Read More

South Sudan rebel chief meets Presi...

Read More

Haftar forces claim to have retaken...

Read More

Algeria and Iraq shut down internet...

Read More

Libya clashes at oil ports cut outp...

Read More

Eritrea to send delegation to Ethio...

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Global_News

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Ramadan begins

2018 World Cup