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UNHCR: 40 people feared dead or missing in shipwreck off Libya

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Some 40 people are feared dead or missing in the latest sinking of a ship off the coast of Libya, with some 60 survivors, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

“There are appalling news that there may be significant loss of life in the sinking of a ship off the coast of Libya,” Yaxley said on Twitter. Details were still unclear, he said.

“Some 60 people may have been rescued and returned to shore. It is estimated that at least 40 people were killed or missing.”

Decrepit ships, carrying large numbers of migrants, are often capsized off the coast of Libya. More than 100 people were killed last week and a boat carrying about 250 capsized last month.

Thousands of people die each year in the Mediterranean from hundreds of thousands who have tried to cross from North Africa to Europe in the past few years, but the number of people making this perilous journey is declining.

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