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Death of Pakistanis in Libya

Two boats carrying migrants capsized off Tripoli, killing Pakistanis.

More than 60 passengers were on board one of the boats that left for Europe on Tuesday, according to international media reports citing a coast guard officer of Libya.

According to reports, people complained that the overloaded boat was sinking but the captain refused to stop.

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The argument led to a fight on the boat, and several people were killed in the ensuing melee.

About a dozen remains, including that of a young child, have been found in eastern Tripoli, while many remain missing. According to accounts, many other bodies are likely to wash ashore.

Videos and photos posted online by the Sabratha Red Crescent organization show the remains of refugees who died trying to reach Europe for a brighter future.

More than 400 migrants and refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in the early months of 2023, trying to reach Europe from North Africa and Asia in an attempt to start a new life.

In the past two days, Italian authorities have rescued about 50 boats carrying 1,600 or more migrants in the central Mediterranean, bringing them ashore.

Previous accidents

Last month, three Pakistani citizens were killed in a boat accident near the Libyan city of Benghazi. The Pakistani embassy in Tripoli facilitated the transfer of the victims’ remains to Pakistan.

In February this year, 60 people died in an immigration boat accident in Italy, including Pakistani hockey player Shahida Raza.

Two more boats capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Tripoli, western Libya, killing a number of Pakistanis, Syrians, Tunisians and Egyptians.

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