15 migrants’ bodies found near ripped inflatable boat in Libya

Updated 31 August 2014
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15 migrants’ bodies found near ripped inflatable boat in Libya

TRIPOLI: Libyan coast guards on Sunday found 15 bodies of sub-Saharan African migrants floating in the sea near a ripped inflatable boat, east of the capital.
Last week in the same area, rescuers recovered the bodies of around 170 people after the shipwreck of another vessel carrying illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa.
“During a routine patrol we found 15 floating bodies of African migrants 15 km offshore,” coast guard Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP. “These bodies, including two women and two children, were floating near a ripped inflatable craft,” he said.
Other bodies may have sunk in the sea at the location off Al-Qarabole, 60 km east of Tripoli, he said.
The grisly new discovery came as Tunisian coast guards continued on Sunday to look for bodies of migrants thought to be Syrians, after finding 42 shipwreck victims since Friday.
Local officials at Ben Guerdane in southeast Tunisia believe the bodies were from a sinking off the coast of Libya. They were “probably” some of the people who went missing earlier this week when a boat capsized after leaving the Libyan port of Zwara, heading for Italy, an official said.
Mired in unrest and political chaos, Libya has been a launchpad for illegal migrants trying to reach Europe and who turn to people smugglers to cross the Mediterranean.


OIC chief holds talks with ministers during UN General Assembly

Updated 26 min 52 sec ago
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OIC chief holds talks with ministers during UN General Assembly

  • Al-Othaimeen attended the reception ceremony hosted by Donald Trump on Monday
  • The Palestinian issue was also top of the topics that the chief of OIC discussed in his meeting

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, met the United Nations’ special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
They discussed the latest developments in the Syrian crisis, and Al-Othaimeen emphasized the need to reach a peaceful solution and address the humanitarian situation.
Al-Othaimeen also met Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields of cooperation, especially in fighting terrorism and extremism, in addition to discussing the Palestinian issue and supporting UNRWA, the relief agency for Palestinian refugees in the Near East.
The Palestinian issue was also top of the topics that the chief of OIC discussed in his meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who said his country gave the Palestinian issue special attention, highlighting that there is a large Muslim community in Venezuela and that his country is keen to strengthen relations with the OIC.
Al-Othaimeen met the Iraqi minister of foreign affairs, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. They discussed the latest developments in Iraq following the elections and the Basra events, and the importance of holding the Makkah II conference to achieve social reconciliation in Iraq. He also stressed OIC’s support for stability in Iraq.
Moreover, the chief of OIC met the president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, and stressed the support of his organization for Kosovo until it wins the recognition of OIC member states as an independent state.
Al-Othaimeen attended the reception ceremony hosted by US President Donald Trump on Monday evening for the delegation heads participating in the UN General Assembly.