Two Migrant Boats Sink Near Sabratha, Libya; At Least 40 Killed
March 19: A migrant boat headed for Europe sank off the Libyan coast near the western town of Sabratha, security officials reported. At least 10 people have died and 17 others have been rescued. The boat departed from the town of Zuwarah, carrying at least 27 migrants from various sub-Saharan African countries. Libya remains a major point of departure for migrants trying to reach Europe, and migrant traffickers frequently send migrants and refugees off to cross the Mediterranean Sea in unseaworthy vessels.
March 21: A migrant boat carrying more than 50 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank off the coast of Sabratha, killing 30 individuals. The sinking is the second such incident in the past three days off Sabratha. Libya remains a major departure point for migrants seeking to reach Europe, many of whom attempt to cross the Mediterranean in unseaworthy boats.
Source: Protection Vessels International