CAIRO (AP) – More than 90 people in an overcrowded boat drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, a prominent humanitarian group said, in the latest tragedy involving migrants departing from North Africa to seek a better life in Europe.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said late on Saturday the migrants were on a vessel that left Libya last week. It was unclear exactly when the boat ran into trouble the group’s head of mission Juan Matias Gil said.
The group said an oil tanker rescued four migrants early on Saturday in international waters. The survivors reported that they were on the boat along with about 100 other migrants, it said.
MSF said the tanker did not respond to its calls not to return the migrants to Libya, where ”they will almost certainly face detention, abuse and ill-treatment”.