The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The Internationale Organization for Migration (IOM) provided humanitarian aid to survivors of the latest boat capsize off the coast of Libya, according to Relief Web.
At least a dozen people are dead after a rubber boat which spent more than 10 days at sea capsized off Misurata on Monday. Ten survivors were rescued and returned to Libya where they were treated by IOM medical staff. Three other passengers remain missing.
“The survivors were all suffering from complete dehydration and exhaustion after being stranded at sea for days,” said IOM physician Dr. Mohamed Abughalia, before he added,”people suffered from trauma, severe malnutrition and burns sustained from the boat’s engine fuel.”
Four cases in need of emergency medical care were transferred to a private hospital in Tripoli. Six others were moved to detention centers by Libyan authorities, where IOM continues to provide medical care.
Tragic news of capsized migrant rubber boat north of Misrata. Only 10 survivors suffering from severe dehydration taken to detention centre, @IOM_Libya Doctors & emergency team on the way. Alarming we still do not see solid steps to address irreglar unsafe movements across MedSea
— Othman Belbeisi (@OthmanBelbeisi) December 4, 2018
“We continue to advocate for alternatives to detention for migrants returned to Libyan shores, specifically for those most vulnerable,” said IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi, who also expressed concern about the lack of search and rescue capacity as the weather worsens with the onset of winter.