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mahatmakanejeeves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 02:34 PM
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Ship With 600 Migrants Sinks Near Libya; No Survivors Reported
Edited on Mon May-09-11 02:52 PM by mahatmakanejeeves
Source: Bloomberg

By Bill Varner - May 9, 2011 11:58 AM ET

A ship carrying as many as 600 migrants to Italy sank shortly after leaving the Libyan capital Tripoli on May 6, killing at least 16 and leaving the rest unaccounted for, the United Nations said today.

Somalias ambassador to Libya reported to the Geneva-based UN refugee agency that the ship broke up close to the port and that 16 bodies had washed ashore, including two babies. Agency spokesman Sybella Wilkes said that while it is possible that some migrants managed to swim to safety, there are no reports of survivors.

Boats carrying 2,400 migrants fleeing the violence in Libya arrived safely over the weekend at the Italian island of Lampedusa, Wilkes said. At least three other ships that left Libya since the conflict began in February never reached their destination, and hundreds of people are feared dead, she said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bill Varner at the United Nations at wvarner@bloomberg.net

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-09/ship-with-600-...



There seems to be no end to the misery.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 02:37 PM
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1. Oh, that is just damned heart-breaking...
The situation in Libya has become increasingly miserable for those civilians trapped... and then to die at sea? Ohhh, what sadness....
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 02:40 PM
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2. it's 2011
where is civilization? :cry:
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 02:42 PM
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3. accident or intentional?
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mahatmakanejeeves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 02:49 PM
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4. This is not the first sinking of a refugee ship.
From the article:

Boats carrying 2,400 migrants fleeing the violence in Libya arrived safely over the weekend at the Italian island of Lampedusa, Wilkes said. At least three other ships that left Libya since the conflict began in February never reached their destination, and hundreds of people are feared dead, (Agency spokesman Sybella Wilkes) said.


I don't know what is the registry of the vessels involved, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that the ships in use were close to being scrapped.
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 03:17 PM
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7. It doesn't follow
they are Libyan ships. More likely another party making a fast buck. It could also be that the boats are grossly overcrowded.
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 04:31 PM
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9. Massively overloaded seems pretty likely. I wonder what the weather has been like;
"torn to pieces" suggests something a bit stormy...
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 03:15 PM
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6. It will be accidental.
The Libyan government is actively encouraging foreign migrants to leave Libya.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-11 05:28 AM
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10. I'm thinking intentional. See post #11
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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 02:59 PM
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5. UN Dispatch: Boat With 600 Migrants Sinks Off Libyan Coast
http://www.undispatch.com/boat-with-600-migrants-sinks-...

There are reports coming in from various UN sources that a boat carrying up to 600 people fleeing the violence in Libya was torn to pieces off the Libyan coast on Friday. The UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration are both relaying accounts from refugees on a separate boat who witnessed the disaster.

After watching the ship go down other refugees did not want to board a second ship, but Libyan authorities forced them on the boat. I just received this note from the International Organization for Migration.

Migrants also told IOM that after seeing what had happened to the first boat, many of them who had been waiting on land changed their mind about making the sea journey to Italy. However, they claim that Libyan soldiers and officials forced them onto a waiting boat by firing their guns indirectly.

Although this is the first time that IOM has been told of migrants being forced by Libyan officials to get on a boat, many have told IOM that they did not have to pay for their passage to Lampedusa while others say they have paid a nominal fee. However, they say that they been stripped by officials and soldiers of their savings and possessions, including mobile phones.
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 03:43 PM
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8. K&R
- Well, so much for the Libyan "humanitarian intervention" thesis.....

"If you went into surgery to correct a knee problem and the surgeon mistakenly amputated your entire leg, what would you think if someone then remarked to you how nice it was that you actually no longer have a knee problem, thank God." ~William Blum
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-11 05:32 AM
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11. Gaddafi wants EU cash to stop African migrants (2010)
Gaddafi wants EU cash to stop African migrants
...

"Tomorrow Europe might no longer be European, and even black, as there are millions who want to come in," said Col Gaddafi, quoted by the AFP news agency.

He was speaking at a ceremony in Rome late on Monday, standing next to Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

"We don't know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans," Col Gaddafi said.

"We don't know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions."

...


That was from 2010, but he threatened to "open the floodgates" of immigration if the west intervened.

Gaddafi hits back at West by opening immigrant floodgates
Libya is unleashing a wave of migrants against Europe in retaliation for the military strikes against the country.

The opening of immigration floodgates came as Italy announced that it would grant travel permits to more than 20,000 Tunisian refugees who have reached its southern-most islands in recent weeks.

Libya appears to be making good on threats issued at the start of the coalition's bombing campaign, when Moussa Ibrahim, the government spokesman, said the regime would no longer stop sub-Saharan and other refugees from trying to enter Europe by boat.

Col Gaddafi warned two years ago that he had the ability to turn Europe "black" unless the European Union agreed to pay his regime at least 4bn (4.6bn) a year to block the arrival of illegal immigrants.
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