400+ Refugees ‘Drown in Mediterranean’
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.