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Libya: 40 people drown in latest Mediterranean tragedy

16th Aug 2015
Libya: 40 people drown in latest Mediterranean tragedy
ROME (AA): At least 40 migrants have died after their vessel sank in the Mediterranean Sea, 33 kilometers [21 miles] north of the Libyan coast.

The Italian navy, which rescued 312 people caught up in the incident, said early Saturday that the victims drowned after the boat took on water in its hold.

“Operation underway… many migrants saved. At least 40 dead,” the navy said on its Twitter account.

Italy’s interior minister, Angelino Alfano, told reporters the tragedy would not end if the Libyan problem is not solved.

Instability in Africa and the Middle East has seen many migrants attempting to enter Europe through Italy, near Lampedusa and the Strait of Sicily.

Some 102,000 migrants crossed to Italian waters from Libya to reach safety in 2015, the International Organization for Migration said previously.

 

Author: Diyar Güldoğan

[Photo: Italian Naval soldiers pull a drowned man out during the rescue operation after a boat, carries illegal immigrants, sank in the Mediterranean offshore of the east of Tripoli, Libya on August 11, 2015. Photographer: Pool/Italian Naval Forces/Anadolu Agency]

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