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Migrant disaster death toll rises to 117

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2015 | 11:33 AM
Workers for the Red Crescent carry the body of a dead migrant in a black body bag to a nearby truck, following the latest boat tragedy off the coast of Lybia.


Rescue workers have recovered 12 more bodies off the Libyan coast, raising the death toll from the latest disaster for migrants trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean to 117.

Thus far, 198 people were rescued and the search is ongoing for missing passengers from two boats that capsized last Thursday off the western coastal city of Zuwara with about 500 migrants on-board.

Human smuggling of people fleeing conflicts and poverty in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa from Libya has spiked since the 2011 overthrow and killing of long-time ruler Moammer Gadhafi, after which the oil-rich north African country plunged into chaos.