Boat Carrying Nearly 200 African Migrants To Europe Sinks Off Libyan Coast – Reuters

La Stampa Italian Newspaper says: "On board a barge 200 immigrants. Among the victims, all Somali and Eritrean, also a child" TRIPOLI, Aug 23 (Reuters) - A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk

La Stampa Italian Newspaper says: “On board a barge 200 immigrants. Among the victims, all Somali and Eritrean, also a child”


TRIPOLI, Aug 23 (Reuters) – A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk just one kilometer (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said on Saturday, and most passengers were feared drowned.

The local coast guard said it had no boats of its own and had to commandeer fishing vessels in a rescue attempt after fishermen raised the alarm on Saturday morning.

Migrants have been streaming out of North Africa in rickety boats in rising numbers for years. Many head for Italy, and so far in 2014, the total number reaching Italian shores has passed 100,000, the Italian government said this week.

Libya is a major departure point for this journey, and human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted the country since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011.

The small boat crammed with between 150-200 migrants sank late on Friday near Qarabouli, east of Tripoli, local coast guard official Mohammad Abdellatif told Reuters Television.

Local fishermen raised the alarm at dawn on Saturday morning and the coast guard managed to rescue 16 migrants who were still alive in the water, surrounded by bodies, Abdellatif said.

The boat had entirely disappeared when the coast guard arrived at the scene, around 1 km from the beach, he said.


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The coast guard in Qarabouli has no equipment and so is forced to borrow fishing vessels and tug boats to carry out their rescue missions, he added.

All of those rescued were released as there was nowhere to detain them, Abdellatif said. He said he had informed the local hospital, the ministry of health and the criminal investigations department of the accident but that all three had refused to collect the bodies.

In recent weeks, Libya has seen the worst violence since the 2011 rebellion as rival factions battle each other for influence and control of the country’s wealth. Foreign embassies and agencies have evacuated their staff and the entire parliament has decamped to the country’s east.

State authority has crumbled and basic services are becoming increasingly more difficult to come by.

“The coast guard has no problem with searching for the missing illegal migrants, but the problem is who will receive them after finding them,” Libya’s navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem said,

“They have no locations to accept them and the immigration authorities are not helpful enough to receive them on time,” he said.

The Italian navy told Reuters they were not involved in the incident and had no further details.

Italy is carrying out the bulk of patrols in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at preventing major tragedies involving migrants. More than 70,000 people have been rescued through the “Mare Nostrum” (Our Sea) mission of patrols which Italy began last October. (Additional reporting by Isla Binnie in Rome; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Ralph Boulton)

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  • rahwa August 25, 2014

    andnet hizbay, failed state, death in vain, haqi tezareb, wedi sengal have many things in common: they are psychopaths, they hate Eritrea and its people, they are childish and filled with hatred for anyone who happens to have a different point of view. if they are Ethiopians they are not you average Ethiopian. one can tell they have a mission just as diana de bologna has one. once and for all get this andnet: no room for people like you here on Asena. this is an Eritrean website. outsiders may be welcome but they need to know Eritrea is an independent state.

    • Berihu August 25, 2014

      rahwa,
      One doesn’t know whether to cry or laugh on poor rahwa tsibilaliE’s amateur comedy acting. We have a saying “TsibilaliE’s maAkora keykedenet midri kedenet” indeed. How very true this old saying goes with our ‘mekera’ miseriya tsibilaliE. In short and in simplier language, one has to cover his/her ‘ugly past’ maAkore first before becoming a fake expert on others. Poor ‘r’/mekera still suffers from identity crisis of being Welliye that is her grandfather as foot soldier of Ras Alula emigrated from Wello/Ethiopia to Seraye. And in Seraye like other deportee and refugees she was brought up by the leftover of food & clothes of the Muslim community. Now, stop acting like a bitch and get lost to your Wello to find your roots, get also a normal life and not a life of wasteful tsibilaliE. People move on in life not live in the past with empty gura and tahidid of the cheap ones.

    • selamawit2 August 25, 2014

      Hi Lady Rahwa my Dear,

      Biniam ANJAL is back with a new cyber name (Beruh)! He ran away ’cause he has no capacity to face the truth now he is hiding behind a new name. WHAT A COWARD! (http://demo.assenna.com/%E1%8B%8D%E1%88%8D%E1%89%80%E1%88%98%E1%88%8B%E1%8A%BA-%E1%8A%A2%E1%88%B3%E1%8B%AD%E1%8B%AB%E1%88%B5-%E1%8A%A3%E1%8D%88%E1%8B%88%E1%88%AD%E1%89%82%E1%8D%A3-%E1%89%A5-24-%E1%8C%8D%E1%8A%95%E1%89%A6/comment-page-8/)

      he is a hooligan and his brain is a underdevolped nibble

      Let’s have lol remembering his “intelligent” dialogues with aka 100names (xy):

      xy: Your unlce is a coward.”

      anjal: Yeaah.”

      xy: Your granparents are ugly italian slaves.”

      anjal: Yeah.”

      xy: your father is a slimy arb slave.”

      anjal: Yeah.”

      xy: Your whole familiy is vomit of ethiopia.”

      anjal: Yeah.

      xy: Your sister and your brother are bedouin- „b…“

      yeah.

      xy: Your mother is damn italian and arab b… and your father isn’t your real…uups

      yeah.

      xy: What do you want to do now?

      anjal: let’s paint the damn town red.

      xy: I am so proud of you.

      anjal: yeah, ha ha ha. i am COOl.

      (“only those who are prostitutes or who were raised by prostitutes call other people “b…”.” quot. the wonderful sister Zufana)

      • rahwa August 25, 2014

        you just made me laugh with that dialogue there. it is typical anjal/xy. real LOL material. and i hope you don’t mind but i am gonna copy and paste it.
        but first i wanted to tell you my dear sister Selamawit2, that berihu and his nicks remind me of a girly girl’s closet in summer. with so many dresses to put on who would blame a girl like that for considering to hire ‘a’ kim kardashian as a maid? right? now berihu i suspect is having a similar dilemma. with his ‘uncle’ absent he is totally disoriented. why else would someone jump from biniam to berihu? remember, both start with a b and both have six letters. what an imagination (by that i mean darn poor, by the way)! i tell you i already feel sorry for his friends because he must be a total bore and a messenger aka follower a yes man boy. you made my day with the dialogue, thank you. i salute YOU and all the brave and smart Assenna women (Ertrawit, Genet O, Zufana and many others whom we have not seen for a while now and all the rest) who never tire of trying to talk sense to the berihus of this forum. and here you go Selamawit2:
        “he is a hooligan and his brain is a underdeveloped nibble
        Let’s have lol remembering his “intelligent” dialogues with aka 100names (xy):
        xy: Your unlce is a coward.”
        anjal: Yeaah.”
        xy: Your granparents are ugly italian slaves.”
        anjal: Yeah.”
        xy: your father is a slimy arb slave.”
        anjal: Yeah.”
        xy: Your whole familiy is vomit of ethiopia.”
        anjal: Yeah.
        xy: Your sister and your brother are bedouin- „b…“
        yeah.
        xy: Your mother is damn italian and arab b… and your father isn’t your real…uups
        yeah.
        xy: What do you want to do now?
        anjal: let’s paint the damn town red.
        xy: I am so proud of you.
        anjal: yeah, ha ha ha. i am COOl.
        (“only those who are prostitutes or who were raised by prostitutes call other people “b…”.” quot. the wonderful sister Zufana)”
        see berihu loser? come back with a new nick! (so what else is new, berihu?) LOL

  • wedi reality August 26, 2014

    I guess the news is about the death of poor refugee in mediterranean sea. what is this all garbage comments. No wonder why higdef is laughing while we r crying…damn!

  • Eritreawit August 26, 2014

    TO ALL ERITREANS, WHO CARES ABOUT OUR PEOPLE AND COUNTRY. JUST YOU KNOW WE ARE FIGHTING A CIBER WAR, YOU WILL SEE A NEGATIVE RATINGS ON ANY POSITIVE OR CONSTRACTIVE COMMENTS REGARDING OUR PROBLEMS, SO PLEASE DON’T BE ALARMED, THEY ARE EVERY WHERE; HERE ON ASSENNA.COM AND THE REST OF Eritrean web sites.
    SO CONTINUE RESPONDING TO THEM DEFEND YOUR PEOPLE AND COUNTRY. LIKE ALWAYS THEY HAVE SEVERAL NIC NAMES. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE FROM GENET THE ORIGINAL; SHE GAVE A RESPOND TO AN ATTACK –IT JUST BRILLIANT. THE COMMENT WAS LIKE ALWAYS, HOW WE ERITREANS ARE USELESS AND WE HAVE NO LAND OR COUNTRY…

    Genet-orginal on August 25, 2014 at 5:17 pm said: Rezen, Rezen
    You seems to be smart, but you don’t know who the Eritrean people are. You call our ancestors’ land and country, A “FORGED LAND”. You need to read and research the original population of North East Africa or Horn of Africa. Including the current day Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan and even Egypt. If you think Eritrea is a “FORGED LAND” So do the rest of them. Why single out our country as “FORGED LAND”, when our country was the main settlement region for the Horn of Africa POPULATION. Then you should also say Ethiopia is a “FORGED LAND” as well. Very soon we will see the biggest forged land of all. The Tigray region or territory. That is the mother of all FORGED LANDS.

    Seriously, what is wrong with you? you are repeating this outdated stereotype view of the few as “Eritreans claim superiority over the rest of African people” I though you are educated enough to restrained yourself from labeling the entire Eritrean society as egotist. You should know better not to grossly generalize negative opinion of a few to the rest of our people. Is that your belief “Asmara is equivalent to saying Eritrea” Do you believe that? It is mind boggling an “educated” and “insightful” man is acting stupid, small minded, reckless in his use of words, and endangering the Eritrean people at the worst time of their lives. It seems you are getting carried away with insulting the good Eritrean people. Your words has consequence to our people. What are you doing? Do you think,Eritrean people have a different opinion about the rest of African people than the of Ethiopian or Tigrayan people? have you ever been around Ethiopian or Tigrayan at all? If you want to be relevant to the Eritrean cause, you should restrain yourself from gross generalization. I used to think you are a frustrated, but smart Eritrean man. Now, I am not so sure. I will keep my eye on you.
    Genet-O

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