Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

YOU ARE HERE

The Mont Saint-Michel, between sea and stone

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Massive trade bill clears key hurdle in US Senate

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Why should the U.S. fight for the Iraqis?'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

"Inequality takes hold"

Read more

DEBATE

Will Ireland Say "I Do"? Gay Marriage Referendum Challenges Catholic Values (part 1)

Read more

DEBATE

Will Ireland Say "I Do"? Gay Marriage Referendum Challenges Catholic Values (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Mother of French terror victim seeks to open minds

Read more

ENCORE!

Aishwarya Rai: An interview with the Queen of Bollywood

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Ireland on the eve of gay marriage vote

Read more

Africa

Scores killed after refugee boats capsize

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-06-03

The bodies of around 150 refugees fleeing turmoil in Libya have been recovered off the Tunisian coast after the vessels carrying them across the Mediterranean ran into difficulty.

AFP - Around 150 migrants heading to Italy drowned when their ship capsized off the Tunisian coast, the International Organization for Migration said in Geneva on Friday.

"The Tunisian Red Crescent confirmed on Thursday that there were still bodies in the water and the recovery operation was ongoing," said the agency in a statement.

"It also said that 150 people, mostly Sub-Saharan Africans, had died and their bodies taken to Sfax Hospital."

The vessel had been packed with refugees, many fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Libya, and was on its way to the Italian island of Lampedusa when it ran aground.

It struck a sandbank some 19 nautical miles (36 kilometres) off the coast of the Italian islands, and then capsized as people struggled to leave the boat to jump into rescue vessels, the TAP news agency reported.

Some 600 people were rescued, but, as of Thursday, up to 270 were missing and rescue workers said there was little hope of finding more survivors.


 

Date created : 2011-06-02

  • LIBYA

    UN accuses government and rebel forces of war crimes

    Read more

COMMENT(S)