74 Refugees Killed In Ship Accident Off Libya Coast 

Yemisi Izuora

About 74 refugees were killed on Thursday in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced in Geneva that IOM members had reported “a terrible shipwreck” in which at least 74 people died off Khuma on the Libyan coast. The Libyan coast guard and fishermen were able to recover 47 survivors.

“More than 120 people are said to have been on the ship, including women and children,” the IOM said. So far, 31 dead have been rescued, the search for the other dead continues.

In two further ship accidents in the past two days, 19 more people were killed, including two children, the UN agency said. There is currently only one rescue ship in use in the central Mediterranean: The boat of the non-governmental organization Open Arms saved 200 people in three missions.

More than 11,000 boat refugees have been sent back to Libya

At least 900 people have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe since the beginning of the year . According to the IOM, rescue workers were often late.

More than 11,000 boat refugees have been sent back to Libya, often “at the risk of human rights abuses, imprisonment, abuse, trafficking and exploitation,” the IOM said.

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