Up to 245 missing after 2 Mediterranean shipwrecks, UN says

Up to 245 missing after 2 Mediterranean shipwrecks, UN says

Up to 245 missing after 2 Mediterranean shipwrecks, UN says

Almost 250 refugees and migrants are still missing after two boats sank in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend, bringing the death toll so far this year to more than 1,300 people, according to the UNHCR.

Separately, some 82 people are missing and feared dead after a dinghy carrying 132 sank; 50 people were rescued.

Two wrecks of migrant ships in the Mediterranean have claimed as many as 245 lives, including those of at least five children, according to survivor accounts given to United Nations agencies and authorities in Sicily, where dozens of rescued migrants were taken.

Zuccaro caused a row last month by saying he had heard that people smugglers were funding some NGOs that rescue migrants to destabilise the Italian economy, although he had no hard evidence of this.

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As of 7 May 2017, 41,196 migrants arrived in Italy by sea, while the tally of victims has spiked beyond 1,200 in the Central Mediterranean route.

Prosecutors say that the suspect was one of two alleged Libyan traffickers jailed in Catania after the May 4 shooting, which occurred before an NGO boat rescued the migrants.

"In 2016, NGOs rescued more than 46,000 people in the central Mediterranean, representing over 26% of all rescue operations". Ayoub Gassim, the spokesman for Libya's navy that is loyal to the EU-backed Tripoli government, says the coast guard rescued the migrants in Libyan territorial waters on Wednesday. It is believed that at least 163 people have died.

The country's coastguard picked up seven migrants who said they had been on an overloaded dinghy packed with 170 people, which sank on Sunday. "The summer tends to be very, very busy because sea conditions are better".

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Officials said around 300 migrants attempted to cross the 6m border fence separating the enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Tuesday, with many throwing stones and missiles at police.

"My office is carefully examining the feasibility of opening an investigation into migrant-related crimes in Libya should the court's jurisdictional requirements be met", she said.

It said three officers and three migrants were treated for injuries following Tuesday's incident.

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