United Nations agency: survivors says some 126 migrants died in wreck

United Nations agency: survivors says some 126 migrants died in wreck

The sea crossing between Libya and Italy has been attempted by an increasing number of migrants trying to reach Europe this year.

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

"They stole the motor - something which has happened a few times recently - and at that point, the boat started to take on water and sank".

They said a few hours after the dinghy set off from Libyan shores Thursday night, the crew removed the engine and left in another vessel, leaving their boat to founder. The survivors said some 130 people, majority Sudanese, had been aboard.

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Also on Monday, several hundred migrants and refugees who were rescued over the weekend disembarked in Italy, including four survivors from a shipwreck that may have claimed over 120 lives, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

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.

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. They were eventually rescued and brought to the Sicilian port of Palermo.

Italy has registered more than 65,000 migrant arrivals since January, up almost a fifth from the same period a year ago. As of 14 June, 1,828 were believed to have died in the attempt, according to IOM figures.

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