Humanitarian Organization Reports 145 Migrants at Risk Off Libyan Coast

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The humanitarian organization Alarm Phone was alerted that a group of migrants trying to leave Libya by means of a rubber boat had ended up in a perilous situation.

The organization tweeted that the migrants asked for urgent help, but there were no rescue vessels in the Search and Rescue (SAR) zone and authorities were unresponsive.

Libya has become a preferred point of departure for thousands of people who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported that about 12,000 migrants were intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea and returned to Libya in 2020.

On Wednesday, IOM said that at least 43 migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast when their boat capsized in tumultuous conditions. This marked the first tragedy involving migrants at sea this year.