At least forty Europe-bound migrants are feared dead or missing after a boat carrying them capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya.
The incident happened on Tuesday, August 27, the coastguard and the UN refugee agency reported.
About one hundred migrants were in the boat when it capsized.
A spokesman for Libya’s coastguard, Ayoub Gassim confirmed that five bodies, including that of a child, have been recovered near the western town of Khoms, around 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Tripoli.
The Coastguard, rescued Sixty-five migrants, mostly from Sudan during the operation and search operations continue for those missing.
A spokesperson for the UN refugee agency Charlie Yaxley said they are still looking for the forty people missing.
Libya became a major conduit for Africa migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe after the uprising that toppled and killed Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.