Hundreds dead as migrant boats sink off Libyan coast (Video)


Hundreds of people are believed to have drowned after boats carrying hundreds of migrants sank in stormy weather off the coast of Libya, officials from the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

Official casualty figures were not immediately available from Libyan authorities, but Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said only 20 people had been rescued including six Egyptians.

The migrants were believed to be from North and Sub-Saharan African countries heading for Italy for a better life.

Libya has become a popular destination country and transit point for immigrants from eastern and southern Africa heading for Europe.

VIDEO: Hundreds feared dead off coast of Libya