Migrants choke to death in failed European trip

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from AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, Libya
TRIPOLI, (CAJ News) – THE death of 11 individuals in an abandoned truck in Libya is the latest in a series of desperate attempts by African and Asian migrants or refugees to reach Europe through the Mediterranean.

Victims, including six children, largely from Bangladesh, Guinea, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria died early Monday at the outskirts of Zwara, 115 kilometres west of the capital Tripoli.

They had been among some 100 migrants and refugees locked inside the sealed cargo container, usually used for transporting frozen food, together with some canisters of gasoline.

The truck was underway to an embarkation site west of Zwara, from where the individuals would have attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

In order to avoid a checkpoint, the driver allegedly abandoned the truck, leaving the trapped migrants and refugees suffocate in the sealed container.

Those rescued by law enforcement agents are in a critical condition in local hospitals.

Access to Zwara remains hazardous because of the militancy ravaging the volatile North African country.

However, the Mixed Migration Working Group, consisting of the International Organisation for Migration and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees among other agencies, is providing emergency assistance, including immediate medical and psychosocial support, food, water and non-food items.

More than 1 400 migrants and refugees have drowned during the perilous journey to reach Europe through the Mediterranean by boats this year.

The Libyan Coast Guard has intercepted or rescued over 11 300 refugees and migrants at sea during the period.
– CAJ News

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