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Seeking new home, at least 94 Eritreans die as boat sinks off Italy
Seeking new home, at least 94 Eritreans die as boat sinks off Italy

ROME -- The Eritreans were seeking a new life in Europe, with about 500 of them crowded aboard a 66-foot boat crossing the Mediterranean. Instead, the vessel caught fire and capsized Thursday, in one of the worst disasters seen on a route sailed by thousands of Africans each year. More than 200 migrants were pulled alive from the water as fishing boats, helicopters and coast guard vessels mounted a rescue operation off the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is 70 miles from the African coast. But at least 94 migrants drowned and more than 200 are missing, officials said. "We need only caskets, certainly not ambulances," said Pietro Bartolo, chief of health services on the island,...

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