Boat Migrants Risk It All for New Life in Europe. File photo
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Istanbul, Turkey – On Thursday, the European Union’s foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting, to discuss the humanitarian disaster that claimed the lives of more than 670 illegal immigrants who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan coast.
The ship, which sank Sunday, left the Libyan coast traveling towards Italy carrying more than 700 immigrants.
The Italian Coast Guard and the Maltese coast police were able to rescue only 27 people, while all the rest reportedly drowned.
Amid conflicting reports about the total number of those drowned, one survivors told the Italian police that the ship was carrying about 900 people.
Speaking to ARA News, human rights activist Ali Abbas described the incident as “a disaster and a stigma against humanity”.
“Unfortunately, the world is turning a blind eye to the disasters that keep occurring in the Mediterranean as more and more people are dying while trying to reach a safe haven out of their war-torn hometowns,” Abbas said.
“Emigrants are taking primitive and unsupported boats seeking refuge on the other side of the world because the international community has been unable to resolve many issues at stake in Africa and the Middle East.”
According to reports, never have so many drowned in one incident in the Mediterranean; and this incident is considered the biggest maritime disaster of the Mediterranean Sea.
Reporting by: Mustafa Hamed
Source: ARA News