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Italy plucks 2000 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea

Italy plucks 2000 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea

IOM Chief of Mission for Libya Othman Belbeisi commented on this development that "if a migrant is being killed, sometimes it is considered normal and numerous migrants are buried without identification". MOAS also recovered seven bodies, including that of an 8-year-old boy.

A migrant carries her baby on board a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) of the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) during a rescue operation from a wooden boat in the central Mediterranean in worldwide waters off the coast of Sabratha in Libya, April 15.

The rest were picked up by the coastguard, the Phoenix - run by the Maltese organisation Moas - the German NGO Sea Eye and the German Jugend's Iuventa.

Migrants on a rubber dinghy await rescue by MOAS off the Libyan coast.

The improving Spring weather may have factored into the sudden surge of ocean crossings.

A rescue ship on Saturday brought 504 migrants and one corpse to Pozzallo, Sicily, and while another boat brought about 500 other migrants to Augusta, Sicily. Mass drownings are common when the overloaded boats capsize or sink.

The boat's hull was completely destroyed and the survivors, all men, were found clinging to a flotation device, he said.

"Many more people could have died in a day like this if we arrived a few hours later".

They gave €200m (£170m) to Libya's UN-backed government to reinforce its coastguard and disrupt the people-smuggling networks.

The International Organization for Migration reports that as of April 9, some 664 migrants have died on the Mediterranean, with 90 percent on the Libya-to-Italy route.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum.

The migrants include Pakistanis, Syrians, Sri Lankans and Iranians.


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