Fifteen migrants drowned after two boats wrecks off the coast of Libya, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The UNHCR confirmed on Monday that the bodies of 15 people had been recovered with the arrival of two boats to the Tripoli Naval Base, and indicated that “177 more migrants were rescued,” without clarifying the nationalities of the migrants.
The UNHCR published pictures showing dozens of migrants in a state of severe fatigue, providing them with medical care and drinking water on the pier of the naval base.
The migrants set off from the Libyan coast, specifically from the cities of Zuwara and Khoms, two nights ago, according to the commission.
The number of migrants who have been arrested and returned to Libya since the beginning of this year has reached 26,000, more than double the number recorded over the past year, which did not exceed 11,000.
Migrant boats capsize are frequent in the Mediterranean, especially off the Libyan coast.
The International Organization for Migration said in September that the number of migrants who died since the beginning of the year was 1,369.