At least 57 migrants died after a boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
“According to survivors brought to shore by fishermen, at least 20 women and two children were among those who drowned,” IOM Spokesperson Safa Msehli said in a tweet on July 26.
IOM Spokesperson Paul Dillon said that local fishermen and the Libyan coast guard rescued 18 people.
The boat was carrying at least 70 people on board, who were from Nigeria, Ghana, and Gambia, after it left the western coastal town of Khums, according to IOM.
“Horrified by yet another painful loss of life off the Libyan coast,” IOM Libya Mission Chief Frederico Soda said.
The incident is the latest disaster in the Central Mediterranean route involving migrants heading to Europe.
IOM reports that around 970 migrants have died this year while trying to reach Europe by boat across the Mediterranean Sea.
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