At least 70 migrants dead or missing off Libya in past two weeks - IOM

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Migrants are seen on a rubber dinghy as Libyan Coast Guards arrive to rescue them in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya, October 18, 2021. REUTERS/Ayman Al-Sahili

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TRIPOLI, March 17 (Reuters) - At least 70 migrants have been reported dead or missing off Libya in the past two weeks, the international Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement on Thursday.

On 12 March, a boat reportedly carrying 25 migrants capsized near the Libyan coast of Tobruk. Authorities rescued six migrants and recovered seven bodies, while 12 remain missing, according to IOM’s Missing Migrants Project.

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Reporting by Angus McDowall; Writing by Alaa Swilam; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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