400+ Refugees ‘Drown in Mediter­ranean’

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

More than 400 refugees are thought to have drowned in the Mediter­ranean Sea af­ter their boats cap­sized on the way to Europe, the So­mali am­bas­sador to Egypt told BBC Ara­bic. Re­ports say the refugees were flee­ing to Italy from So­ma­lia, Ethiopia and Eritrea in four boats which were ill-equipped for the jour­ney. “2016, the Mediter­ranean is a mass grave,” Médecins Sans Fron­tières tweeted in re­sponse to the news. Italy’s Pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mattarella said sev­eral hundred peo­ple ap­pear to have died. He said Europe needed to re­flect in the face of “yet an­other tragedy in the Mediter­ranean in which, it seems, sev­eral hundred peo­ple have died.” The Ital­ian coast­guard said ear­lier they knew noth­ing about the re­ported dis­as­ter, and Médecins Sans Fron­tières have been un­able to con­firm the news to The In­de­pen­dent.

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