The Libyan navy announced Wednesday that the coastguard rescued 17 people from the boat sank off Al-Khoms town, east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. She confirmed that only 17 people were saved in the boat accident involving 100 migrants off the coast of the country.
In a message on his Facebook page, the navy said the survivors hung on the remains of the ship until they were saved.
” Unfortunately, there are a large number of missing persons who are between 90 and 100 illegal immigrants from the ship,” said the navy in a statement.
According to the navy, the Libyan coastguard saved a total of 279 shipwrecked migrants in three incidents, including those of the Al-Khoms ship.
Libya has fallen into chaos since the overthrow in 2011 of Muhammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed armed uprising.
Anarchy in this North African country has helped it become the main springboard for the journey of often deadly migrants to Europe while crossing the Mediterranean.
NAN reports that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimated that 2,832 migrants died in 2017 trying to reach Italy from North Africa, compared to 4,581 in 2016.
Some 119,310 people were successful to survive in Italy in 2017, compared with 181,436 in 2016.
In addition, Nigeria has reportedly evacuated 1,030 Nigerian migrants stranded in Libya between January 7 and January 8, 2018.