At least 21 migrants missing at sea

By: Bisola Bello March 7, 2018

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says at least 21 people are missing, presumed drowned, after a boat sank off the coast of North Africa while heading to Italy at the weekend.

It says 72 survivors were brought ashore on Sicily on Tuesday by a Cypriot merchant ship, but fears the number of dead could be higher.

The IOM says migrant arrivals in Italy have gone down by two-thirds compared with last year, after the UN-backed government in Libya put pressure on people smugglers to stop boats leaving.

Source: BBCAfrica




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