Libya migrant boat sinks – 14 dead – BBC

At least 14 people died when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank in waters between Libya and southern Italy, navy officials say. Some 200 others were rescued from the boat, which went down south of the Italian

At least 14 people died when a boat carrying hundreds of migrants sank in waters between Libya and southern Italy, navy officials say.

Some 200 others were rescued from the boat, which went down south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

This comes a day after it emerged that 36 migrants drowned last week when their boat sank off the Libyan coast.

Libya is used as a departure point by many African migrants trying to enter the European Union illegally.

Italy’s Ansa news agency said that the boat sank on Monday about 185 km (115 miles) south of Lampedusa.

Some Italian media reports said 400 were on board. But a navy spokesperson said it was not clear how many people were on the boat, so the number of missing passengers was unknown, AP news agencyreported.

The Italian navy has sent a frigate and a helicopter to help in the search for survivors, the BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome reports.

Unseaworthy, overcrowded vessels are continually setting out from Libya, carrying people who hope for better lives in Europe after fleeing war and poverty in various parts of Africa and the Middle East, our correspondent adds.

On Sunday, Libyan officials said at least 36 migrants from various sub-Saharan African countries drowned when their boat sank off the Libyan coast last week.

The numbers of migrants leaving for Italy had increased in recent days but authorities did not know why, Libyan Navy spokesman Col Ayoud Qassem said, quoted by Reuters news agency.

Late last year, hundreds of migrants drowned when two boats sank in waters off the coast of Lampedusa. Italy has since stepped up navy and coastguard operations.

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  • denden May 13, 2014

    people please face the truth that eritrea is not ours after 1991. It belong to every identity denial person, to every dikala(half-cast).All the dekebat eritreans who are running away from Eritrea have been programmed and a small chip has been installed in their brain to do the shamefull they are doing now. The girls want to have rough sex with great agony with rashaida,budwin,libya,nigeria,yemen,saudi arabia and other arabs. the boys wants to enjoy the show of the their sisters, girl friends when they have rough sex with the arabs. we had sleepless nights of these barbaric nature but the boys and girls do not see it that way. You see them in Israel, Egypt, Europe,canada,america,australia with tattoo on their body and also they even have body piercing. Now for a girl or boy who went through the torture of Sinai and Libya and once they reach Europe to do tattoo and body piercing is very disturbing. Furthermore you see them dancing in celebrations, fighting each other , they did not defend their sisters and wives dignity in Sinai and Libya and all of the sudden they have a courage to kill each other. The entire young people are out of Eritrea and who is going to challenge the dictatorial regime in Eritrea. they call for unity then what is the step after unity. Suppose we have 100% unity then what after that. no plan. Do not even think other government will help you topple the dictator. no body is coming to rescue you because the problem in eritrea is one of your making you deal with it or keep deceiving your self and others. we should start Gifa(roundups)across the globe to deport eritreans to the frontier and marching them to salvage eritrea and in no time the bastard dictator leader of rashaida and budowin will ask for mercy or completely forget about Eritrea just do your daily life.

    • Mehari T May 14, 2014

      denden,
      Well said and absolutely true. I like most the “Do not even think other governments will help you topple the dictator. Nobody is coming to rescue you b/c the problem in Eritrea is one of your making you deal with it or keep deceiving yourself and others”. How very true! In other word, the sooner you guys practice your independence the better it is for everyone concerned. Neighbouring countries are just sick and tired of your parasitic nature. Keep on playing with your camels in your useless & stinking ports. These is what neighbouring people of Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibuti and South Sudan keep telling us over and over again. Denden, in a near future post tyranny Eritreans will have THREE choices to make for once and for the last time and these three choices will be as follows: a) to federate with mother Ethiopia
      b) be an Islamic state in the savage Arab league
      c) remain as a terror supporting failed state
      No more fantasy of being a Singapoor or Israel by just dreaming! In the end it all comes down to ‘sainka maEre egrika’ reality. Ther is one condition to the above choices though and that is with regard to option (a) if mother Ethiopia would be kind and forgiving enough to take back the troubled, confused and cancerous people and land of Eritrea. Let’s hope and pray God would at last help our Eritrean masses. Otherwise we are left with the savage barbaric Bedewuin & Rashaida Muslim Arabs for life.

    • Teclay May 14, 2014

      denden
      danden said “they call for unity then what is the step after unity. Suppose we have 100% unity then what after that. no plan. Do not even think other government will help you topple the dictator. no body is coming to rescue you because the problem in eritrea is one of your making you deal with it or keep deceiving your self and others. we should start Gifa(roundups)across the globe to deport eritreans to the frontier an ”

      That is our problem brother,we are very emotional ppl. that was the problem of our brothers TEGADELTI; They didn`t have nay clue what would come after victory? and we see the same scenario now,thousands of meetings and demonstrations but nobody has an answer what would come after the meetings,let alone after the removal of the despot.
      And the big question is who is going to roll this big stone in the country of handicaps.?

  • THE NOBLE TEACHER May 14, 2014

    Gideon ,Teclay,m,Geje ,

    What could I say. Should I say there is hope for the people ? Too early ,but I am hopeful .I appreciate that all of you complementing on my honest opinion ,that may not be popular..but the truth as I and all logical people see it.
    In order to correct the problem ,we have to know the problem first.
    AND THE NUMBER ONE CULPABLE ARE ME & MY AGE GROUP THE OVER 50 WHO HAVE SLAVE & TWISTED MENTALITY.Ones you recognize that you will succeed.

    I am proud of you

  • Haqi tezareb May 15, 2014

    ኤርትራውነት፤ ውርደት ሕስረት ዝኾነሉ ዘመን በጺሕና።

    ነዚ ከርፋሕ ናይ ዕስራን ሰልስተን ዓመት ባርነት ክምጽኡ እዮም፣

    ነዚ ኹሉ ዕሸልን መንእሰይን ኤርትራ ናብ መጋርያ ኵናት ዝደፍእዎ ?
    ነዚ እዩ ክንደይ ንብረት ዝበረሰ፧ ክንደይ ወርቃዊ ግዜ ዝጠፍኤ ?
    ነዚ ከንቱ እዩ፣ ቋንቋታት ታሪኽን መንነትን ብሓዊ ዝተሃንኮተ ?

    ዋእ ነዚ ስርዓት ባርነት ከምጽኡ እዮም፣ ምስ ሳሕሳሕ ዓረብ ወጊኖም፣
    ንሃጸይ ሃይለሰልሴ “ፊውዳል ኣድሓርሓሪ” ኢሎም: ዝጽረፉ ዝነበሩ፧
    ቀደም ባራዩ ዓረብ “ረኣዩና ረኣዩና” ይብሉ ኔሮም፤
    ሎሚ ግና፣ ግዜ “ሕብኡና ሕብኡና” ኮይኑ።

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