Africa 14.2.2018 01:30 pm

At least 19 migrants killed in Libya truck crash: hospital

Libya has become a key gateway for migrants since the 2011 fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi

Libya has become a key gateway for migrants since the 2011 fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi

At least 19 migrants were killed on Wednesday and more than 100 injured when the truck transporting them crashed in Libya, a hospital said.

More than 300 migrants, mostly Eritrean and Somali nationals, were on board the vehicle which overturned near the town of Bani Walid.

A child was among at least 19 migrants killed in the accident, the head of the town’s hospital, Salah al-Mabrouk, told AFP.

Libya accident migrants

The hospital, which had earlier given a toll of 23 dead, said at least 124 migrants were injured and it was struggling to cope.

“Several victims are even being treated on the ground,” said spokesman Salah al-Twijer.

Since the 2011 overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, chaos-wracked Libya has become a key gateway for migrants trying to reach Europe, often on unseaworthy vessels.

Bani Walid, on the edge of the desert 170 kilometres (110 miles) southeast of the capital Tripoli, is a transit point for migrants heading to the Mediterranean coast.



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