On May 6 a boat capsized “about [2.5 miles] out to sea near the Libyan coastal town of Garabouli,” killing 36 and leaving 54 still unaccounted for.
According to BBC News, the Libyan navy was able to rescue “52 people when the boat sank,” but on Sunday the navy simply recovered bodies.
Libyan naval spokesman Ayoub Kassem said the boat passengers were “migrants from various sub-Saharan African countries including Mali, Cameroon, Ghana, Gambia and Burkina Faso.”
Migrants are flooding into the country because “Libya is the preferred crossing point for many African immigrants trying to enter the European Union” (EU).
Interior Minister Saleh Mazek said his country “could not cope with the amount of migrants arriving from sub-Sahara Africa” and has “urged the EU to do more to stem the flow of immigrants.” He warned the EU that if it refused to “shoulder its responsibility” Libya might react by “[helping] the migrants…reach Europe.”
Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins Reach him directly at email@example.com.