Libya’s coastguard on Tuesday recovered the bodies of five migrants and rescued 65 survivors after their Europe-bound boat sank east of the capital Tripoli.
The coastguard had received a report at dawn that a boat needed help near the coastal city of al-Khoms, according to the Libyan navy.
A coastguard vessel located the boat, and recovered the bodies of three men, a woman and a child.
Those rescued were from Sudan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, the Navy said in a statement.
Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 revolt that toppled long-time Muammar Gaddafi
In recent years, the country has been a major transit route for migrants, mostly Africans, trying to reach Europe by boat with many thousands being rescued or drowning at sea.