Shipwreck kills up to 150 people off the coast of Libya

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Up to 150 people have died in a large shipwreck off the coast of Libya, according to the UN’s refugee agency.

A further 150 were rescued by coast guards and local fishermen and are being returned to Libya, UNHCR added. 

The ship left from Al Khoms, a town 120 km east of Tripoli.

If confirmed, the number of dead would be the highest for a shipwreck in the Mediterranean this year.

The Mediterranean sea is a dangerous route for refugees trying to reach Europe. In 2018, over 2,000 people died attempting to make that journey.

Libya is a hub for refugees, many of whom try to reach Europe in unseaworthy boats.

UNHCR and other UN agencies have repeatedly called for survivors not to be returned to Libya, a conflict zone where rescued migrants and refugees are routinely jailed in inhumane conditions.

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At least 80 migrants were killed in an air strike on a detention centre outside of Tripoli, earlier in July.



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