Seperate incident picutred, advocates say there is an "undeniable trend of tragedy in the Mediterranean," February 2, 2018. Photo: AP
Islamabad (People’s Daily) - At least 90 people, including 11 Pakistani nationals, drowned Friday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, Dawn News reported.
The boat sank early Friday morning off the coast of Zuwara, Libya, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokeswoman, Olivia Headon, told reporters in Geneva during a phone interview.
“At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning,” read an IOM statement.
“10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores, including those of two Libyans and eight Pakistanis,” the statement also read.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal confirmed that up to 11 Pakistani citizens were among those who drowned.
Faisal told the Associated Press that Pakistani diplomats had reached Libya's coastal area to collect more details. He said that Pakistani authorities would try to bring back the bodies of the Pakistanis who died in this latest sea tragedy.