25 migrants from Libya die in effort to reach Europe

Migrants from Libya receive assistance from IOM

25 migrants were reportedly found dead in the hub of a ship transporting 300 people to the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to the International Organization for Migration or IOM.

The agency says 270 people were saved by Italian coastguards.

The majority of the migrants travelling on the ship are from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Following the unrest in Libya, IOM has evacuated over 160,000 stranded migrants since February.

IOM's spokesperson Jean-Philippe Chauzy

" Unfortunately when the coastguards towed the ship and managed to transfer the survivors they found those bodies and apparently the migrants in the ship died of asphyxiation. They were jam packed underneath the deck of the ship close to the engine and it seems the fumes from the engine were fatal. Unfortunately nothing could be done to save those migrants."

Tens and thousands of migrants are still inside Libya, but not all of them can or want to leave, says Chauzy.

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