700 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Shipwrecks: UNHCR

700 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Shipwrecks: UNHCR

POZZALLO, Italy — More than 700 migrants trying to reach Europe are feared to have died in three Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks south of Italy over the past few days, the UN refugee agency said.

Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for UNHCR, said Sunday that an estimated 100 people were missing from a smugglers’ boat which capsized Wednesday.

She said about 550 others are missing from a smuggling boat that capsized Thursday morning after leaving the western Libyan port of Sabratha a day earlier. She says

refugees say that boat, which was carrying about 670 people, didn’t have an engine and was being towed by another packed smuggling boat before it capsized.

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