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Four Shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Claim More Than 110 Lives of Migrants

More than 110 migrants have died in four shipwrecks in the span of three days in the Mediterranean, with the latest last Nov. 12 that claimed at least 74 lives.

More than 110 migrants have died in four shipwrecks in the span of three days in the Mediterranean, with the latest being last Nov. 12 that claimed at least 74 lives.

According to the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 74 people from a boat reported to be carrying over 120 people drowned last Nov. 12 and whose bodies washed up in Khums, Libya.

IOM said that the Libyan coastguard and fishermen rescued 47 survivors from the “devastating” incident, making it the eight shipwreck since Oct. 1.

A few hours earlier, Medecines Sans Frontiers (MSF) helped rescue three women from a shipwreck that killed 20 people off the coast of Sorman in Libya. The women were the only survivors.

Last Nov. 11, six people, including a six-month-old boy, died after a dinghy that carried over 100 migrants capsized off Libya’s coast.

Last Nov. 10, another shipwreck took the lives of 13 people, including a child, off Libya’s coast. The 11 who survived were taken back to Libya.

According to data from IOM,  at least 900 have died in the Central Mediterranean this year while over 11,000 others have been returned to Libya.

“We have long called for a change in the evidently unworkable approach to Libya and the Mediterranean, including ending returns to the country and establishing a clear disembarkation mechanism followed by solidarity from other states,” IOM Spokespoerson Flavio di Giacomo said.

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