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19 migrants drowned after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya

The Libyan authorities said in a statement: ”19 migrants of Syrian and Egyptian nationalities drowned yesterday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya.”

Libya’s coastguard added: a boat carrying a group of 33 asylum seekers from Syria and Egypt capsized off the coast of Libya. Libya’s coastguard clarified that the boat set off from the eastern city of Tobruk, according to a French agency.

The coastguard also added: ” Three migrants were rescued and taken to hospital. Only one body was retrieved and search operations were continuing to find the rest.”

International Organization for Migration has announced earlier that at least 192 asylum seekers drowned along the Central Mediterranean route in the last two months and more than 2,930 were taken back to Libya.

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