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Year's death toll for migrants in Mediterranean at 1,727, says agency
Year's death toll for migrants in Mediterranean at 1,727, says agency

The death toll among migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean into Europe so far in 2015 has reached an estimated 1,727 — more than 30 times last year’s total at this time, the International Office on Migration said Tuesday. The new calculation from the Geneva-based inter-government group comes after more than 700 migrants were reported lost this last weekend when the fishing craft ferrying them capsized in the waters between Italy and Libya. Some estimates put the number killed at more than 800. Many of those who perished were trapped in a lower deck and had no chance to escape, authorities said. Most were believed to be sub-Saharan Africans. The staggering weekend...

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