Hundreds Of Migrants Drown In Mediterranean After Boat Capsizes
Nearly 400 migrants are expected to have drowned after their vessel capsized while they were trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya.
The boat started to sail earlier this week from Africa.
A refugee has informed that one vessel capsized barely 24 hours after they commenced their journey. He informed that the vessel was carrying nearly 500 to 550 people. Describing the horrific incident, the refugee said that a victim’s body was torn apart by sharks after a human trafficker threw him into the sea after he died due to petrol leaked from the stricken vessel. Another refugee has reportedly died from diesel fumes.
One of the alleged human traffickers named Aboubakarma Banghoura was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
In recent times, many migrants lost their lives while fleeing from war-affected areas of Somalia via the Mediterranean Sea. A boat of the Italian Guardia Costiera left for the rescue operation, according to The Independent.
“A 17-year-old Nigerian whose brother was killed by Muslim fundamentalists told me he was tortured with electric shocks by traffickers because he didn’t have money to travel,” an official named Giovanna Di Benedetto said.
“Many are now talking about fleeing fundamentalists.”
Attempts to cross the Mediterranean has become a great humanitarian crisis over the recent times. This year, about 500 migrants lost their lives while trying to cross the sea.
Since 2014, more than 170,000 people arrived on boat and more than 3,200 people were estimated to have died.