A migrant boat carrying up to 100 people has capsized in the Mediterranean Sea with reports of a major loss of life. Libya’s coast guard says it has retrieved at least five bodies from the Europe-bound ship so far.
Children are feared to be among the dead after the vessel overturned close to the western Libyan town of Khoms. Coast guard spokesman Ayoub Gassim said at least 65 migrants were rescued following the disaster on Tuesday.
Rescuers are searching for the dozens still missing at sea. Libya became a major conduit for African migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe after the uprising that toppled and killed Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Traffickers and armed groups have exploited Libya’s chaos since his overthrow.