Six people were killed yesterday after a boat with about 100 migrants on board capsized on the Libyan coast. The Spanish humanitarian organization Open Arms reports this on Twitter. One of the victims is a six-month-old baby who died despite medical attention.
The rescue operation, carried out by the crew of an Open Arms ship, lasted several hours, a spokesman in Italy said.
Onboard were several children and babies, who could be rescued from the water by the organization. She accused governments and authorities of often “abandoning” migrants and leaving them at sea for days on end.
For months, small boats carrying migrants have been departing from Libya and Tunisia, mostly with Italy as their destination.
According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, 31,000 migrants arrived in Italy in 2020, compared to nearly 10,000 in the same period last year.