According to the IOM, “the constant loss of life requires an urgent change in the situation in Libya and the Central Media.”
At least 11 people drowned when a rubber boat carrying two dozen migrants bound for Europe fell from Libya, the UN migration agency said.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the tragedy occurred on Sunday in the western town of Zawiya. Libyan coastguards saved the lives of 12 migrants, he said in a Twitter message.
“The constant loss of life requires an urgent change to the situation in Libya and the Central Med,” the IOM tweeted.
🚨 At least 11 migrants drowned this morning when a rubber boat capsized off the coast of Zawya, #Libya, while rescuing the Coast Guard, 12 survived.
The constant loss of life calls for an urgent change to the situation in Libya and Central Medea.
– IOM Libya (@IOM_Libya) May 2, 2021
These migrants were expected to be taken to a detention center.
Sunday’s deadly shipwreck was the latest in a migration route to the Central Mediterranean. Last month, at least 130 people were allegedly killed after the ship left Libya in one of the deadliest maritime tragedies during a busy voyage.
Libya fell into chaos after Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in the aftermath of the 2011 uprising.
In the years following the uprising, Libya has become a major transit point for people heading to Europe.
Since 2014, more than 20,000 immigrants and refugees have been killed at sea trying to reach Europe from Africa.
More than 17,000 of them have been in the Central Mediterranean, the UN said is the most dangerous migration route in the world.
There have been cross-country and cross-border attempts in Libya in recent weeks. According to OOM data, about 7,000 European migrants have been apprehended this year and returned to Libya this year.
Smugglers often give up on poorly equipped rubber boats for families who stop and stop on a dangerous journey in the Central Mediterranean.
Thousands of people drowned along the way. Others were arrested and returned to Libya in the hands of armed groups or confined in dirty detention centers.
Human rights groups and UN agencies have complained that Libyan detention centers are being abused by people, saying they have been beaten, raped and given enough rations.
The European Union has reportedly spent more than 90 million euros ($ 109 million) on funding and training Libyan coastguards to stop the crossings.
An Associated Press study revealed that the EU sent more than 327.9 million euros ($ 397.9 million) to Libya, largely through UN agencies.