150 refugees drown

Tripoli - At least 150 refugees were believed drowned when their boat sank off the coast of Libya, according to the news portal Libya Herald on Wednesday.

The Libyan coast guard discovered the bodies and parts of the wreck of a ship about 4km off the city of al-Khums on the Mediterranean. Bodies were already found on the shore on Tuesday, the report said.

The victims included women and children who had probably left one of the African countries south of the Sahara.

The coast guard estimated that the ship had already foundered on Monday.