46 Migrants Die in Deadly Shipwreck, Worst Mediterranean Tragedy Says UN Chief

United Nations refugee agency chief, Filippo Grandi has described the ship wreck involving dead bodies of 46 migrants as “the worst Mediterranean tragedy of this year”.

Libyan authorities buried the bodies of the 46 migrants on sunday after they were brought out from the sea following one of deadliest shipwrecks in the Mediterranean so far this year.

Rescue workers said on they had on Friday recovered the bodies of 62 migrants from waters off Libya after the overloaded boat went down off the city of Khoms, east of the capital.

Seven migrants rescued from the wreck helped lay their companions to rest.
“We were saved and here we are today to bury 46 of our brothers, children and women,” Anwar, a young Eritrean survivor, told AFP.

It is unknown exactly how many were on the boat when it went down around 90 minutes after setting off from Libyan shores on Wednesday evening in a desperate bid to reach Europe.

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