A boat with 250 migrants sank off the Libyan shores according to the Libyan navy, trying to reach European shores. Only 26 have been rescued. Serious concerns for the rest who may have been drowned.
According to a Libyan navy representative, many bodies are floating in the sea. The accoutrements of the Libyan navy for rescue missions are quite limited, as he said.
The new tragedy occurred close to the town Tajura, east of the capital Tripoli. Most of the migrants came from African countries.
“Migrants have been streaming out of north Africa - mostly lawless Libya - in rickety boats in rising numbers for years, with many heading for Italy. This year more than 100,000 have reached Italian shores, the Italian government said this week.”
“Human traffickers have exploited the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted Libya since Moamar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011. [...] Libya's coastguard mainly exists on paper and relies on fishing boats and tugs borrowed from the oil ministry.”
These terrible incidents became a routine in Mediterranean, as people try to escape from war zones, poverty and diseases. EU appears to be unwilling and unable to find a solution to this problem, having already retreated from the humanitarian principles that is supposedly serves.