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25 Migrants Dead on Italy-Bound Boat

Posted by clandestina on 3 August 2011

(ROME) — Twenty-five African migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya died in the hold of a rickety boat so packed with people that the migrants could not get out as they struggled to breathe, officials said Monday after the bodies were found below decks. Source:http://www.time.com

Hundreds of migrants fleeing unrest and conflict in Libya and across North Africa are believed to have died since the beginning of the year in desperate journeys across the Mediterranean. (See pictures of Lampedusa flooded by Tunisian migrants.)

The 50-foot boat was carrying 296 people, including women and children, said Coast Guard Capt. Antonio Morana. Read the rest of this entry »

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