Migrants from Libya Die of Asphyxiation in a Boat



On Wednesday Italian Coast Guard in its rescue operation (one of 10 such missions) in the waters off Libya found about 50 bodies in the hold of yet another boat carrying migrants.  The cause of death is asphyxiation due to cramming of more people in the hold.  Earlier in August, the Italian navy discovered the bodies of 49 people in the hold of a vessel.  Survivors testified that smugglers had forced them to remain in the hold.  Thousands of migrants have died and many thousands more have been rescued after setting sail from Libya recently.  As per UN report more than 2,000 migrants have died so far this year.

Smugglers based in Libya take advantage of calmer seas to send more migrants towards European shores.  Europe had received almost 250,000 this year, which the EU states believe will endanger the policy of European Union without borders inside.  As per Dublin resolution non-EU migrants have to register in the first country they arrive in.

A summit in Vienna attended by the leaders from Germany, Austria and Balkan countries is expected to discuss ways to strengthen support for Western Balkan states through which thousands of migrants travel through each week.

Earlier in the week, police had to use stun grenades when thousands of migrants broke through police lines at the Greek border.

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