At Least 36 Die as Boat Capsizes

BBC News reports that at least 36 migrants have drowned when their boat sank about 4km (2.5 miles) out to sea near the coastal town of Garabouli.

The Libyan navy said it rescued 52 people when the boat sank on Tuesday, but survivors say there were 130 people on board.

On Sunday 24 more bodies were recovered, bringing the official death toll to 36; the search continues for the remaining passengers.

According to The Guardian, aid officials have suggested that traffickers may be forcing migrants to use more unsafe boats, knowing that Italian navy patrols are ready to save them in international waters.

(Sources: BBC, The Guardian)

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