A rescue team has disclosed that around 60 migrants are presumed dead after their boat caught fire off the Libyan coast last week.

It was gathered that more than 100 people were traveling on a wooden boat in an attempted Mediterranean crossing.

So far, forty-five people were rescued and five bodies were recovered. Survivors say the passengers were from many different countries, including Sudan, Syria, and Egypt.

The rebel administration in eastern Libya has officially handed power to the country’s new interim government, which is based in the capital, Tripoli.

Local media reported that a handover ceremony took place on Tuesday in Libya’s second city, Benghazi, headquarters until now of the eastern administration.

The new Government of National Unity, led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and backed by the UN, was sworn in last week in Tripoli to replace the two rival administrations which have been fighting for control of Libya.

President George Weah has announced the end of the state of emergency he declared in April so as to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

He ordered soldiers who were deployed to enforce the restrictions to immediately return to their barracks.

The new development occurred days after the president told worshippers at his private church that he could not continue to keep the country in lockdown.

However, the President warned the public not to construe the cessation of the state of emergency as a licence to engage in behaviours that may lead to a further spread of the virus.

Libya’s national oil company has announced its resumption to important exports after a halt of nearly six months, which was caused by conflict and political upheaval.

The first tanker is said to have begun loading in the eastern port of Es-Sider.

The company’s production facilities in the region was said to have been blockaded by forces loyal to the renegade Gen Khalifa Haftar.

The revenue estimated to have been lost during the halt in output is said to be more than $6bn.