Hundreds feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

Libyan navy officials say only 26 people have been rescued so far on vessel carrying up to 250 migrants. Last updated: 15 Sep 2014 09:08 A boat filled with up to 250 migrants heading for Europe has sunk

Libyan navy officials say only 26 people have been rescued so far on vessel carrying up to 250 migrants.

Last updated: 15 Sep 2014 09:08

A boat filled with up to 250 migrants heading for Europe has sunk off the Libyan coast and many passengers have died, a spokesman for the Libyan navy has said.

Only 26 people have been rescued after the boat sunk near Tajoura, east of the capital Tripoli, said navy spokesman Ayub Qassem.

“There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea,” Qassem told the Reuters news agency, adding that the under-equipped coastguard had few resources to search for survivors.

Migrants have been streaming out of Libya in boats in rising numbers for years, on their way to Europe.

So far in 2014, more than 100,000 have reached Italy’s shores, the Italian government said this week.

Human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011.

Qassem said the migrants on the capsized boat were mostly Africans.

Libya’s coastguard mainly exists on paper and relies on fishing boats and tugs it borrows from the oil ministry.

More than 100 African migrants died in a similar boat accident in August.

Source: AlJazeera

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  • m September 16, 2014

    were is the man no,were is the hero like wadi ali no,were is the youg generation cowerdes only escape like rats,were is the old tegadelti escpe like monkey they siting only talking at paltak evryday old story lelelelele, my motherland Eritrea crying but no bodey want help her

    • hager bahri September 16, 2014

      ኣይተማርር ሓወይ ኣብሮም። ካብ ዓስ በሎ ዓስ ይቐርብ

  • Truly Truly i say to you September 16, 2014

    ኣርዓዶም said,
    “ግን ንሕና ኩልና እዞም ንሰምዖ ዘለና ዋላሓደ እኵ ጻድቕ የብልናን። ኩልና ቦጅባጃት ሓጥኣን ኢና።
    ሓጥያተኛታት ፈተውቲ ነብሶም እዮም፡ ጻድቓን ግን ዋላ ንሰይፍ`ውን ኣይፈርህን ኢዩ። ስለዚ እቲ ሽግር ናትና ሕልና ምምርማት ከድሌና ኢዩ።
    ድሌታንትኸ ብኸመይ ይሰርሑ፡ ሕጂ`ውን ድሌታትና ብጻድቓናት ኢዮም ዝሰርሑ። ጻድቓናት`ከ እንታይ ኢዮም? ጻድቓናት ማለት ተባዓት ኢዮም፡ ንሰቦም እምበር ንነብሶም ኣይሓስቡላን ኢዮም። ንብጻዮም እምበር ንነብሶም ክኸድኑ ኣይፈትውን ኢዮም። ሓሶት ኣብ መልሓሶም ከቶ የላን። ጅግንነት ኢዩ መንነቶም፡ ጅግንነቶም ድማ ባእሲ፡ቕንኢ፡ ሃብቲ ከይመስለኩም፡ ጅግንነቶም ሕውነት፡ፍቕሪ፡እምነት ፡ስላም ንምግባር ኢዩ እምበር ህርፋን ወይ ሓለፋ ዝብል ከቶ ኣብ ኦም ኣይትረክብን ኢኻ።

    You absolutely right brother! you gave it the right definition of who is righteous, who , who as is sinners, We all are sinners!
    Lord Jesus says,” Not everyone who calls me´Lord,Lord´will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do. (Matthew 7: 21) (“ፍቓድ እቲ ኣብ ሰማያት ዘሎ ኣቦይ ዚገብር ደኣ እምበር፡ ጐይታይ፡ ጐይታይ፡ ዚብለኒ ዂሉ፡ መንግስተ ሰማያት ዚኣቱ ኣይኰነን።)
    May those Pharisees so called believers, they consider themselves “holly” for calling daily `Lord , Lord without accordingly what God wants them to do. In my belief, Wodi Ali and his comrades may are qualified and deserve to be called holly, not those for nothing good fruit from frustration living in monastery , not those after 40 days fasting they end their fast by violence, quarrel and fight like many fake orthodoxes Moslem doing. (read to prove Isaiah 58: 1-7), not those countless Pharisees so called New Born Pentecostals pretending all time praying without deed and consider themselves holly.

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