The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced that over 75 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya a few days ago while leaving for Italy by boat. According to the 15 survivors, rescued by fishermen and brought to Zouara (west of the country), the boat was carrying 92 people. The fishermen found only six bodies.
UN agency spokesman Flavio di Giacomo said that “this latest tragedy brings the number of lives lost in the Central Mediterranean this year to over 1,300.”
Between 7 and 13 November, IOM noted that 791 migrants were rescued or intercepted at sea before being returned to Libya. In total, almost 30,000 migrants and refugees were intercepted in the central Mediterranean before being sent back to Libya.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported that more than 105,000 migrants and refugees entered Europe since the beginning of the year, with more than 100,000 arriving by sea and the rest arriving by land from Greece and Spain.