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Survivors says some 126 migrants died in wreck — United Nations agency

Survivors says some 126 migrants died in wreck — United Nations agency”

Since the beginning of the year, more than 77,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean, with almost 66,000 of them arriving in Italy.

More than 125 migrants are feared dead after a migrant boat sank in the mediterranean sea, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.

The survivors - two Sudanese and two Nigerians - said traffickers stole the boat engine several hours after they left the Libyan coast on Thursday.

Di Giacomo said the survivors were finally rescued by the Italian coast guard and taken to Sicily along with about a thousand others who have been rescued in recent days.

"The boat, which was already overloaded, quickly began taking on water and sank", Di Giacomo said.

A passing Libyan fishing vessel rescued the four survivors and put them on another boat of smuggled migrants.

"They were in shock, traumatised by what had happened, and exhausted", Di Giacomo said, adding there were no official witnesses to what had happened though migrants from the second boat confirmed the account.

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The coast guard ship brought a total of almost 1,100 rescued migrants - saved in various separate operations in the central Mediterranean in the past few days - to Sicily, where they will have medical checks and be interviewed as part of the process to eventually seek asylum.



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