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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Migrant crisis: Mediterranean rescue as 34 drown


At least 34 migrants, some of them young children, have drowned after falling into the sea off the Libyan coast, Italy's coastguard says.
The overcrowded boat was carrying about 500 migrants when it suddenly listed, sending about 200 people into the water, a spokesman said.
It triggered a frantic operation to search for survivors.
The central Mediterranean route for illegal migration to Europe is currently the busiest.
More than 50,000 migrants have reached Italy this year.
The route is also the most deadly, accounting for the vast majority of the 1,364 people who the UN estimates have drowned in the Mediterranean this year.
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One report suggested a private humanitarian group, Moas, had begun lifting people from the crowded wooden boat about 30 nautical miles off Libya, when many fell into the water.
It is thought they may have been knocked off balance by a wave.
Chris Catrambone of Moas tweeted pictures from the scene and said bodies were still in the water - including those of toddlers.
Source By BBC.COM
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