At least 57 migrants drown off the Libyan coast

At least 57 irregular migrants drowned in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Monday.

“A shipwreck off Libya requires at least 57 lives today after a boat capsized near the (port city) of Khums,” SOMA spokeswoman Safa Msehli said on Twitter.

At least 20 women and two children were among those drowned, Msehli said, quoting the survivors taken ashore by fishermen and the Coast Guard.

Libya has become an important starting point for irregular migrants trying to come to Europe to escape poverty and conflict in their home countries.

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