Shipwreck off Libyan coast leaves 74 migrants dead

Tripoli, Nov 13(UNI) A devastating shipwreck off the coast of Libyan coast of Khoms killed at least 74 migrants, the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Thursday.

According to the IOM, the dingy was carrying some 120 people when it overturned leading to the tragedy, Al Jazeera reported.

Some 47 people were rescued by the Libyan coastguard and fisherman, the IOM said. This is at least the eighth shipwreck that occurred in the Central Mediterranean since October 1.

The tragedy unfolded as a six-month-old baby died hours after he was rescued by Open Arms from the sea.

The newborn was among the 111 survivors taken by the NGO on Wednesday after it sent rescue units to a rubber dinghy that was sinking off the Libyan coast.

The baby was among at least 19 other people, including another child, who died in the Mediterranean in the past two days.

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