The small dinghy was reportedly carrying over 120 people of whom at least 47 were rescued. Every year, hundreds of migrants are killed in similar accidents while trying to reach Europe from Libya or other countries in the region
The German charity organization Lifeline also said that Malta had refused their request to supply water and food for migrants aboard the rescue ship, which is carrying over a hundred people on board.
The people on the boat had set off from Zuwara in Libya towards Europe in an inflatable boat, which sank nine miles away from the Tunisian port town of Zarzis.
On June 29, Italian authorities arrested Carola Rackete, the captain of an NGO rescue ship, Sea Watch 3 carrying 42 migrants to the Italian port at Lampedusa.
Italy’s far-right interior minister ordered the confiscation of the vessel for defying his order by disembarking more migrants than were granted access to the Italian island.