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    Migrants are seen on a capsizing boat before a rescue operation by Italian navy ships Bettica and Bergamini off the coast of Libya in this handout picture released by the Italian Marina Militare on May 25, 2016.

    Dozens of Migrants Die in Shipwreck Near Libyan Coast - Reports

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    The incident took place near Qaraboulli town, located 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Tripoli, the Libya Observer media outlet reported, citing the Libyan Coastguard.

    A total of 31 migrants have died in a shipwreck near Libyan coast, while Libya’s Navy managed to rescue over 200 people, Libyan Navy spokesman Ayub Ghasem said on Saturday, media reported.

    “According to the preliminary data, the boat flipped over due to the overload,” Ghasem said, as quoted by the Italian Corriere della sera newspaper.

    Among 200 people rescued, 80 people in serious condition were taken to the military base in Tripoli, while 120 people were rescued as the Libyan Navy noticed a raft with people during a rescue operation, the newspaper reported.

    Libya is one of the main transit countries for migrants. According to UN figures, the majority of migrants (90 percent), who cross the Mediterranean to Europe depart from Libya. The civil war in Libya, as well as the unstable situation in the region, have brought the humanitarian situation in the country to a critical state. Approximately 1.3 million people need humanitarian assistance in Libya.

    In July, Prime Minister of Libya's Government of National Accord Fayez Sarraj asked Italy to provide technical assistance and send its military ships to the Libyan shores to jointly combat human trafficking.

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    humanitarian aid, overload, casualties, rescue, shipwreck, migrants, Libyan Navy, Fayez Sarraj, Libya
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