Two boats carrying around 300 migrants seeking a better life in Europe capsized east of the Lybia’s capital, Tripoli. The ships embarked from the city of Khoms.
Around 137 migrants were rescued and returned to Libya. They are now receiving medical and humanitarian assistance from the International Medical Corps. Up to 150 Europe-bound migrants were missing and feared drowned. Charlie Yaxley, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency, said they estimate "that 150 migrants are potentially missing and died at sea." The U.N. refugee agency says 164 migrants have died traveling from Libya to Europe since the start of the year. If the death toll is confirmed then it would be the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean this year.
Every year thousands of migrants attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Europe every year with Libya the main point of departure. Over 200 detainees are still being held at the Tajoura detention centre, near the front lines of fighting between rival Libyan factions. The U.N. has expressed concern for their safety. In recent years the European Union has partnered with the coast guard and other Libyan forces to prevent migrants to go to Europe.