100 Migrants Feared Dead Hours After EU Leaders Debate Migration And Malta Closes Its Ports
It is the latest tragedy to occur in Mediterranean waters
Cover photo: A migrant in the Mediterranean Sea on November 6, 2017.(AFP Photo/Alessio Paduano)
Just hours after a critical EU summit where European leaders announced new measures to stem the flow of migration, 100 migrants are feared to be dead or missing at sea after their boat capsized in Libyan waters just off Tripoli, the country's coast guard announced.
A spokesman for the Libyan coast guard said they were able to rescue 14 migrants from the boat that capsized on Friday. He was not able to confirm their nationalities nor where they had set sail from.
This tragedy comes after the Aquarius, with over 600 migrants aboard, was caught in a political stand-off between Malta and Italy and left to float at sea for six days. And just yesterday, another ship, the Lifeline, was allowed to dock in Malta after the Maltese government was able to wrangle an ad-hoc agreement with 7 other European countries.