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UN: 11 migrants drown off Libya, third shipwreck in week

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LIBYA – At least 11 migrants trying to reach Europe, including a pregnant woman, drowned Sunday when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency said, making it the third migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea in a week.

Safa Msehli, spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said fishermen and the Libyan Coast Guard rescued at least 10 other migrants and returned them to shore.

On Tuesday, at least 15 migrants drowned after their boat capsized off Libya. The IOM said five people also died when their boat capsized Thursday off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy.

This year, some 500 migrants have died trying to cross the Central Mediterranean, according to the IOM’s figures, but the organization warned that there were likely more deaths that had gone uncounted.

AP

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