Yet another immense tragedy involving migrants out of Libya following Tuesday's deadly airstrike on a Tripoli migrant center believed carried out by forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Haftar, which had killed at least 44 and wounded close to a hundred more: a boat carrying 86 people which embarked from Libya has sank in the Mediterranean overnight.
Per a breaking Associated Press report, the numbers of drowned and missing are staggering:
The U.N. migration agency says a boat carrying 86 migrants from Libya sank in the Mediterranean overnight, and just three people on board survived, with 82 missing.
The shipwreck late Wednesday off the Tunisian city of Zarzis came a day after a deadly airstrike on a Libyan detention center that killed at least 44 migrants.
A Tunisian fishing vessel was the first reported on the scene, and was only able to four out, with most of the migrants remaining missing and presumed dead.
The shipwreck late Wednesday off the Tunisian city of Zarzis came a day after a deadly airstrike on a Libyan detention center that killed at least 44 migrants. — AP
For the past six years, since war engulfed both Libya and Syria, and since NATO's intervention to overthrow longtime Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, over 1,500 migrants a year have perished in the Mediterranean while attempting to reach Europe, according to UN figures.
Following this deadly week for people trapped in Libya's still unfolding chaos it's important to remember how we got here. We previously detailed in Libya's Slave Auctions And African Genocide: What Hillary Knew how it was that—
"Libya went from being a stable, modernizing secular state to a hellhole of roving jihadist militias, warring rival governments, and open-air slave auctions of captured migrants."
And yet, western capitals still refuse to acknowledge the underlying cause to North Africa and the Mediterranean's continuing crisis.