UN reports over 60 individuals presumed deceased following boat’s sinking off the coast of Libya.

According to the UN agency, the victims were individuals from various African countries, including Nigeria and the Gambia, including women and children.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) stated that a boat carrying 61 people sank off the coast of Libya, and they are presumed dead. The incident is the most recent tragedy in the ongoing migration crisis in North Africa.

The IOM’s office in Libya confirmed that the boat capsized due to high waves after departing from Zuwara on Libya’s northwestern coast. Survivors reported that there were approximately 86 people on board.

Libya and Tunisia are commonly used as starting points for those attempting dangerous journeys by sea to reach Europe, specifically Italy.

The majority of the victims, including women and children, were from Nigeria, the Gambia, and other African countries. Out of the 86 people on board, 25 were rescued and taken to a detention center in Libya. The survivors received medical assistance and are in good condition.

Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesperson for the IOM, emphasized that over 2,250 individuals have lost their lives this year on the central Mediterranean migration route. He called the figure a tragic demonstration of the insufficient efforts made to save lives at sea.

Past incidents include the sinking of the Adriana, a fishing boat carrying 750 people from Libya to Italy. The ship sank in international waters off southwest Greece on June 14, resulting in 82 fatalities and 104 survivors, mostly Syrians, Pakistanis, and Egyptians.

According to the UN refugee agency, more than 153,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Italy from Tunisia and Libya this year.

Italy’s prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, who holds far-right views, won the elections last year by promising to combat illegal immigration.

A recent agreement between Italy and Albania aimed to establish centers in Albania for asylum seekers. However, the constitutional court in Albania has suspended the ratification of the deal, responding to appeals claiming that it violates the constitution and international conventions.

The ongoing violence in Libya since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi and the lack of stability in the country have provided opportunities for human traffickers to exploit vulnerable individuals, leading to incidents such as these.

Flavio Di Giacomo stressed the importance of proper monitoring systems in the Mediterranean to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

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