Bodies of 120 refugees found on Libya shores in 10 days: IOM
Aug.2, Tripoli: International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that the bodies of 120 refugees have washed up on the shores of Libya in the past 10 days, from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean that were not previously known.
IOM spokesman Joel Millman told in a media briefing that a total of 4,027 refugees have died worldwide so far this year, three-quarters of them in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe. That represents a 35 percent increase on the global toll during the first seven months of 2015, he said.
The latest figures come as continuous calls by human rights groups to provide safer passages are largely ignored.
At least 3,120 refugees perished on the Mediterranean Sea between January 1 and July 31 of 2016, compared with 1,970 in the same period a year earlier - an increase of 58 percent, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
In all of 2015, at least 3,771 refugees lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean, IOM said.