An estimated 250 refugees fleeing war and impoverishment are feared to have drowned on Thursday trying to cross the Mediterranean in the hopes of seeking asylum in Europe, an aid organization reported.
On Thursday, Proactiva Open Arms — a Spanish NGO dedicated to providing rescue services to the thousands of refugees forced to make the dangerous crossing — reported that they discovered two capsized boats off the coast of Libya, each with a capacity of over 100 people.
“There is news we would rather not give. There are days when we confront death, not life. Today is one of them,” the group said in a statement, adding they had recovered five bodies.