Humanitarian group: 20 migrants drown off coast of Libya

CAIRO (AP) — An International Humanitarian Agency reported that a wooden boat carrying European migrants capsized the coast of Libya and drowned 20 of them.

Doctors Without Boundaries made a comment late Thursday just hours after it became clear that at least 74 refugees in the Mediterranean had lost a further shipwreck.

On Twitter, the party said that only three women could be saved by local fishers.

The declaration read, "They were in pain, and they were afraid, they saw the loved ones vanish under the water, die before their eyes.

Anais Deprade, MSF Spokesperson for French Drugs without Frontieres said the wooden boat was transporting 23 migrants who have left Sorman's coastal libyan village.

Deprade said that one of the three survivors lost her husband, sister and 1-year-old sister.

Alarm Phone, the Mediterranean independent rescue group, tweeted that before the boat sunk it called them for rescue.

The group reported that on many occasions" it urged the EU authorities to perform a search and rescue mission.

"For nothing.

They wanted to drown them.

The party tweeted, "Our hearts are split."

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At least 74 migrants drowned when their boat chipped off the coast of Al-Khums Port of Libya, the migration agency said.

The Libyan coast guard and fishermen rescued and taken to the shore just 47 individuals.

The International Organisation for Migration has confirmed 31 bodies were reclaimed by the end of Thursday as the hunt for the missing victims continued.

The war-torn Libya has been the dominant crossing point for refugees to Europe from Africa and the Middle East in the years following the 2011 revolt, which killed and forced away for long term dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

Traffickers frequently cram distressed families into badly fitted, stalling and founding boats along the precarious Central Mediterranean path.

According to IOM, since 2014, at least 20,000 people have perished in such seas.

The EU's coastal guard and other local organisations have worked in collaboration over recent years to avoid the risky sea crossings.

However, groups of rights argue that these measures leave refugees either at the expense of militant groups or in detention centres riddled with violations.