Around 100 migrants were feared missing after their boat sank near the coast of Tripoli, a Libyan coastguard official said on Thursday, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.
Proactiva Open Arms crew conduct a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean sea, 14 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, Thursday, April 13, 2017.
The Coast Guard said the victims included 77 men, 55 women and 15 children.
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Qasem said the migrants are of African nationalities, and those rescued were taken to Tripoli naval base for medical and humanitarian assistance.
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A total of 23 male survivors were rescued while clinging to a floating device, Ayoub Kassem added.
Thousands of immigrants have reached Italian shores this year and hundreds have drowned crossing the sea.
Six years since a revolution that toppled dictator Moammer Gadhafi, Libya has become a key departure point for migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
All the migrants were in good health, according to authorities.
On Wednesday, a 10-year-old girl and two adults died when their boat capsized while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.