97 missing after migrant boat sinks off the coast of Libya

97 missing after migrant boat sinks off the coast of Libya

African migrants, whose boat sank off the Libyan coast, receive food and medical care upon their rescue at the Tripoli port ahead of their transfer to the Anti-Illegal Immigration Authority, in the Libyan capital on April 13, 2017.

A coastguard official on Thursday said close to 100 migrants were feared missing after their boat sank off the Libyan coast near Tripoli. He said 23 refugees had been rescued but 97 others, among them women and children, had gone missing.

In a response to questions from Left Party lawmakers, the German government says it considers "imposing restrictive measures" on European Union exports of boats, engines and vehicles to Libya to be an appropriate measure to crack down on people smuggling.

The boat's hull was completely destroyed and the survivors, all men, were found clinging to a flotation device, he said.

In 2016, more than 4,500 migrants died whilst attempting to get to Europe.

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Last week, the Italian coast guard rescued about 550 migrants making the journey across the Mediterranean.

Due to the insecurity and chaos, immigrants depart from Libya though the Mediterranean towards Europe in rickety boats, many of whom drown on the way.

Some militias act as unofficial coastguards but are often accused of profiteering from people smuggling.

All the migrants were in good health, according to authorities.

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