Two migrants dead, 13 missing in shipwreck off Libya coast

TRIPOLI (AFP) – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday the bodies of three migrants whose boat went down off Libya were recovered from the Mediterranean but at least 13 others were missing.

Twenty-two survivors were rescued late Thursday off the west coast, the IOM said on its Twitter account.

“At least 13 lives are lost at sea and three bodies retrieved after a tragic shipwreck occurred off the coast of #Libya last night,” it said.

“IOM staff are now providing medical assistance to 22 survivors brought to shore by fishing vessels,” the IOM said.

Libya has become a key route for irregular migration to Europe in the chaotic years since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

The IOM report comes a day after Amnesty International urged the European Union to reconsider cooperation with Libya over “horrific abuses” of refugees and migrants in the North African country.