The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported that more than 100 Europe-bound migrants and refugees are feared drowned after the boat they were traveling in capsized off Libya’s coast in the Mediterranean Sea.
With 250 people on board when it sank about 120km east of Libya’s capital, officials said 134 migrants and refugees were rescued.
But the IOM however, said at least 145 were rescued and returned to Libya after the incident.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi described the disaster as the worst Mediterranean tragedy of this year.
Libya is one of the main departure points for migrants and refugees fleeing poverty and war in the Middle East and Africa and attempting to reach Europe by boat via the Mediterranean.
Those who make the journey often travel in overcrowded and unsafe vessels.
An estimated 6,000 refugees and migrants are held in detention centres across Libya, while some 50,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers reside elsewhere in the country, according to the UN’s refugee agency.