A very long massacre turned the Mediterranean seabed into a cemetery. Tens of thousands of migrants have drowned while trying to reach Europe, since October 3, 2013 When the shipwreck in Lampedusa left an indelible mark with 368 coffins lined up in a hangar, to date, more than 100 people have died off the coast of Libya..
Here are the main precedents:
* October 3, 2013 – Lampedusa’s tragedy. 368 people perished in a sunken boat off the island, many of them women and children; 155 people survived.
* July 2, 2014 – An inflatable boat with 101 people on board sank. A merchant ship rescued 27 people, while 74 others were missing.
* August 22, 2014 – More than 200 victims in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya. Many bodies were found on the beach.
* April 14, 2015 – Shipwreck off the coast of Libya: about 300 people died, according to survivors’ testimony.
* April 18, 2015 – Overloading and incorrect maneuvering are the causes of the shipwreck in the Sicilian Canal, which claimed the lives of at least 700 people (but some witnesses say 900 people, the most serious tragedy of all). Only 28 people survived.
* 5 August 2015 – The fishing boat capsized near Libya. On the boat there were 600 people, 300 people saved, only 25 bodies were recovered.
* April 18, 2016 – The barge was shipwrecked with about 500 migrants aboard, almost all of which went missing in the Mediterranean, left Libya and headed for Italy.
* June 3, 2016 – In Libya, in the coastal city of Zuwara, the beach was covered with bodies of migrants along 25 kilometers. At least 117 bodies have been found.
* November 3, 2016 – 239 migrants die in two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya.
* March 23, 2017 – At least 240 people killed are concerned about in a double shipwreck, en route between Africa and Spain.
* April 13, 2017 – Nearly 100 people are missing in the sinking of a boat carrying 120 migrants aboard a ship off the coast of Libya.
* May 7, 2017 – At least 113 people are missing at sea after a rubber boat sank off Al Zawiyah. The Libyan Coast Guard and some fishermen saved only 7 people.
* September 1, 2018 – More than 100 people died, including 20 children, in the sinking of two rubber boats leaving the Libyan coast.
* August 27, 2019 – Five bodies were recovered off the coast of al Khums, east of Tripoli, but the death toll was 40.
* August 19, 2020 – At least 45 migrants lost their lives in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya. This is the worst episode since the pandemic slowed down.
* November 12, 2020 – At least 74 migrants drowned in the same waters off the coast of Libya. The boat carried more than 120 people, including women and children.
* February 20, 2020 – In a shipwreck off the Tunisian coast, 41 people died, including at least one child.