According to Reuters, a survivor said that the boat was carrying around 27 illegal migrants, who had began from Zuwarah.

A total of 17 migrants were rescued, and were transferred to the hospital. There are about ten bodies of the other migrants who lost their lives.

The United Nations migration agency IOM informed that 15 survivors were brought to a hospital, but it did not know how many people had been on board the boat.

Information reports that the migrants came from several sub-Saharan countries.

Libya’s western coast is a key departure point for migrants who what to escape poverty and wars, heading to Europe. However, the numbers of migrants trying to enter Europe have reduced since Italy and the EU increased their efforts to support the Libyan coast guard.