90 migrants feared dead as boat capsizes off Libya
Feb 2, 2018-
Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, says the UN's migration agency.
Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals, BBC reported.
Libya has for years been a major transit route for migrants trying to reach southern Europe by sea.
But last year the EU reached a controversial deal to provide help to the Libyan coastguard in order to stop the flow of boats carrying migrants and refugees to Italy.
A spokesperson said Pakistanis were increasingly trying to make the perilous crossing to Italy.
While Pakistanis were 13th on a list of the number of migrants trying to reach Europe last year by nationality, so far this year they are third, said the IOM.
Published: 02-02-2018 17:54