The sinking of a boat packed mostly African immigrants were on their way to Italy off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 people may have died.
A security official in the town of Zuwarah in western Libya, said from where the boat was launched densely that the boat was carrying 400 people and that many people were trapped probably in the luggage store while capsized.
The official, who asked not to be named, added that the Libyan Coast Guard rescued until late evening about 201 of the 147 immigrants were transferred them to a detention facility for illegal immigrants in Sabratha west of Tripoli.
Another local official and a journalist resident in Zuwarah confirmed the sinking of the boat but have information about the victims was available.
The security official said that the migrants in the boat were from sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Syria, Morocco and Bangladesh.
Italian Coastguard, which coordinates rescue operations with the European Union off the coast of Libya confirm the boat sank and could not.
But the authorities in Rome said later that he had been rescued about 1,430 people in a number of operations near Libya throughout the day yesterday as a merchant ship sent to help a boat carrying 125 people and received two bodies.
And the capacity of the Libyan coast guard is very limited and depends on small rubber boats and fishing boats.
Zuwarah is located near the Tunisian border, a major staging post for smugglers who transport immigrants to Italy points.
According to the International Organization for Migration said more than 2,300 people have died this year in attempts to reach Europe by sea, compared with 3279 in the whole of last year.
It was found on the bodies of up to 70 refugees in a truck parked near the border with Austria, Hungary on Thursday. ∞∞∞∞∞ arabnyheter.info »»»»