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5 migrants die, 65 others rescued off Libyan coast

Turkish Coast Guard members rescue a woman after a boat carrying irregular migrants sank off in Ayvalik district of Balikesir, Turkey on May 3, 2019. At least 7 irregular migrants drowned and 5 of them are reported missing off after the boat sank off the coast of Ayvalik district of Balikesir [Turkish Coast Guard Command/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
Turkish Coast Guard members rescue a woman after a boat carrying irregular migrants sank off in Ayvalik district of Balikesir, Turkey on 3 May, 2019 [Turkish Coast Guard Command/Handout/Anadolu Agency]

The bodies of at least five migrants were recovered and 65 other migrants were rescued off Libya’s northwestern coast, the country’s navy said Tuesday, says Anadolu Agency.

The Libyan Coast Guard received information that a migrant boat nine miles off the coast of Khoms city needed urgent help, the Libyan Navy of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said in a statement.

The boat was carrying migrants from Sudan, Egypt, and Morocco. A search is underway for more possible survivors or bodies.

Rescued migrants were brought to a coastal city east of the capital Tripoli where UNHCR teams provided medical and humanitarian assistance.

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Search and rescue work continues.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 578 migrants have drowned in the triangle between Libya, Malta, and Italy in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year until Aug. 15.

Last year, more than 2,240 people either died or went missing at sea while attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

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