The Libyan coast guard said on Tuesday that 18 migrants seeking to reach Europe were killed in a shipwreck off the west coast of Libya.
Thus, according to an official of the Libyan coast guard in Zouara, a city located 120 kilometers from the capital Tripoli, 18 people perished and 51 others were rescued.
A previous report, communicated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), reported 16 deaths, including a child.
“Sixteen migrants including a woman and a child disappeared (Sunday) off Zouara, 48 migrants survived,” IOM said on Twitter on Monday.
Despite persistent insecurity, Libya remains an important crossing point for tens of thousands of migrants seeking to reach Europe via the Italian coasts each year.
IOM specifies in this regard that the number of migrants who died at sea while trying to reach Europe has more than doubled this year, and nearly 970 people have perished in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year.