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Hundreds feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

Libyan navy officials say only 26 people have been rescued so far on vessel carrying up to 250 migrants. Last updated: 15 Sep 2014 09:08 A boat filled with up to 250 migrants heading for Europe has sunk

Libyan navy officials say only 26 people have been rescued so far on vessel carrying up to 250 migrants.

Last updated: 15 Sep 2014 09:08

A boat filled with up to 250 migrants heading for Europe has sunk off the Libyan coast and many passengers have died, a spokesman for the Libyan navy has said.

Only 26 people have been rescued after the boat sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli, said navy spokesman Ayub Qassem.

“There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea,” Qassem told the Reuters news agency, adding that the under-equipped coastguard had few resources to search for survivors.

Migrants have been streaming out of Libya in boats in rising numbers for years, on their way to Europe.

So far in 2014, more than 100,000 have reached Italy’s shores, the Italian government said this week.

Human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011.

Qassem said the migrants on the capsized boat were mostly Africans.

Libya’s coastguard mainly exists on paper and relies on fishing boats and tugs it borrows from the oil ministry.

More than 100 African migrants died in a similar boat accident in August.

Source: AlJazeera

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  • Saba September 15, 2014

    ህዝቢ ይቕዘፍ ኣሎ። ኣብዚ ኸኣ ኣብ ጠቀበ ለቀበ ጊዜ ነጥፍእ ኣለና። ስሙር ግንባር ተቓውሞታት የድሊ ኣሎ። ብተግባር።

  • rahwa September 15, 2014

    what are we waiting for? is there nothing we can do? what is wrong with us that we cannot get together as a people to tackle our issues? does our people mean nothing to us? do we think our adopted homes are our real homes?

  • mahta September 15, 2014

    Ehhhhh kulu gzie ehh knbl hazen nebzih alena . Mewedaeta zeyblu hazen.

    • m September 15, 2014

      we are cowerdes liaress selfish pepole only we talk lelelelele and do meeting evry week for nothing,and we do a lot of ”GURRRRRRA”our pepole suffering and dying and we stil talk at paltak lelelele be man like Wadi Ali forto and go a head fight

  • wedi wedeba mushmush September 15, 2014

    shame shame shame for DIA, so called opposition, the people in diaspora….

  • Tamrat Tamrat September 15, 2014

    The Power difference between the eri civil population arm, economy, massmedia (propaganda or facts) is so huge the only possiblity People have is run away from Eritrea.

    Look the following statistics of eri population in and out of Eritrea.

    In Asmara = 5000; In Sudan and Ethiopia = 400,000

    In Keren = 140,000; in USA and Canada = 200,000

    In Teseney = 60,000; in Scandenevia = 60,000

    In Mendefera = 50,000; in Italia = 50,000

    In Aqordat = 40,000; In Europa = 50,000

    In Assab = 25,000; In Australia and South Africa = 40,000

    In Massawa = 40,000; In Israel = 40,000

    In Adiquala = 30,000; In Arab middel east = 100,000 or more

    So People what do you think! If eri don not win shabia outside of Eritrea what the hell you expect from civilians in Eritrea.

    So you Wake up, organize yourself. Follow the numbers, number dont lie. You want to win shabia, fight them where they are powerfull. The economy of the shabia is diaspora. You got i.

  • Truly Truly i say to you September 15, 2014

    Please correct the news! According BBC news ” immigrant boat sinking 500 kills” says. Not 250.

  • Kidane f, September 15, 2014

    The whole population from eritrea is moving or about to move from Eritrea due to this brutal regime.

  • Daniel September 15, 2014

    Kab ab Africas zeymwlad yihaysh.

    • Wadiya September 15, 2014

      kab Ertra eyu: zeymwlad yhaysh:

  • wedi fre September 15, 2014

    Dear Compatriots,
    We cannot solve our problem by leaving our country.
    We have to face the dictator united and he will not be able to stand against united people!!!

    Let us not die in vain fearing death at home!! We better die at home than die in the desert or being sold as a spare parts in Sinai!!
    Let us wake up!!!!!!

  • Hakim September 15, 2014

    Truly Truly
    The news is about two different vessel one with 250 people off Libya and the other one is with 500 people off Italy. we are really tired say RIP our beloved Eritreans something need to be done soon.

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