A boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya on Tuesday. At least 40 people are missing and are presumed drowned.
Search efforts for the missing migrants have reportedly been halted after at least 65 migrants, most of them Sudanese, Tunisian or Egyptian nationals, were rescued from the waters off the Libyan coast, a spokesman for Libya's coast guard, told the Associated Press (AP).
Five people were meanwhile confirmed dead, including a woman and a child from Morocco, whose bodies have been recovered near the western Libyan town of Khoms, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Tripoli. The other dead were reported to be men from Sudan and Somalia.
While about 40 people were reported as still missing by eyewitness survivors and therefore presumed dead, Libya's coast guard gave a lower estimate for those feared drowned of 15 to 20 people.