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