UNHCR: Up to 700 migrants feared dead

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Refugees disembark from Norwegian ship Siem Pilot in the harbour of Salerno, southern Italy, 26 May 2016.

UNHCR spokesperson Federico Fossi said that the situation is chaotic and close to 700 people could have been drowned last week


Close to 700 people are feared dead in their attempt to reach the EU and Italy, through the Central Mediterranean Route.

Even though May’s refugee influx in Italy is lower compared with the same period last year, 100 people are reported missing after a boat sank on Wednesday, and on Thursday morning another 540 people are reportedly missing after the boat they were packed into sank off the coast of Libya.

“The situation is chaotic, we are not sure of the numbers, but we fear that up to 700...


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