TRIPOLI: At least 23 people have been killed when a truck carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees overturned in northwestern Libya, according to local media reports.
Somali and Eritrean nationals were reportedly among those killed in Wednesday’s road accident, which occured some 60km south of the town of Bani Walid.
The accident also left at least 124 people injured, 35 of whom needed to be urgently transported to hospitals in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to the Libya Observer.
Bani Walid is located 180km southeast of Tripoli.
The truck was carrying an estimated 300 people, according to local reports.
More than 20,000 refugees are estimated to have died attempting the crossing to Italy, in southern Europe, in the past four years, the IOM estimates, making it the deadliest border for refugees in the world.