About one hundred migrants and refugees are missing and feared dead after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya, according to the Libyan coastguard.
Libya is increasingly becoming the preferred option for many refugees despite the dangers involved in crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
An official of the Libyan coastguard said they picked up 14 survivors from the boat just east of the capital, Tripoli. The exact number of migrants aboard the boat at the time of the incident is not known yet.
The latest development comes as European leaders reached a deal early today to establish “controlled centres” in member states to determine the eligibility for asylum of migrants and refugees who reached Europe. The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, has however criticised the European deal saying, it aims to “block people at the doorstep of Europe”.