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About 700 migrants are feared drowned after their boat capsized off Libya on Saturday, officials said.
The Coast Guard said in a statement that the migrants’ 66-foot vessel was reported to be sinking as a Portuguese-registered merchant ship, the King Jacob, approached to attempt a rescue. It picked up 28 passengers, but the boat then capsized.
Italy’s Coast Guard said at least 24 people are confirmed dead, with the death toll expected to rise into the hundreds.
A vast rescue operation, involving helicopters, navy, Coast Guard and merchant ships is currently ongoing in the hope that some of the migrants have been able to survive.
Source : Tunis Afrique Presse