At Least 100 Missing as Refugee Boat Capsizes off Libya in Mediterranean
At least 100 people have been reported missing after a boat carrying 130 refugees capsized off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea.
In a Thursday tweet, the international medical charity, Doctors Without Borders, which is also known as MSF by its French name Médecins Sans Frontières, announced the toll, citing testimony from 27 survivors who were brought to safety by the Bourbon Argos ship a day earlier.
“The 27 men now on board the Argos were on board a boat carrying 130 people. They are the only survivors. This tragedy is just unbearable," the MSF said, adding that the rescuers also recovered seven bodies from the sea.
The incident has raised to 340 the total number of refugees who have lost their lives in the Mediterranean since last week. More than 3,200 people have been rescued from crowded and unseaworthy dinghies since Saturday, showing a significant rise in the number of departures from Libya despite worsening weather in the Mediterranean.
The Malta-based charity MOAS, which operates rescue boats in the area, has warned that the recent toll from tragedies involving refugees might be much higher as there is a probability that many boats and dinghies sink without ever being reported.