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Ten migrants suffocated on packed boat off Libya

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Ten individuals had been discovered lifeless on the backside of an overcrowded picket boat full of 99 surviving migrants and refugees who had been rescued off Libya, the help group Doctors Without Borders mentioned.

The victims suffocated whereas the packed boat listed at sea for over 13 hours, the group mentioned, lamenting “10 avoidable deaths. Like the other 1,225 who have lost their lives” crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe to date this yr.

A rescue ship operated by Doctors Without Borders responded after volunteers conducting aerial surveillance confirmed a misery name coming from about 30 kilometers (20 miles) off the Libyan coast.

The Geo Barents now’s carrying 186 individuals, the youngest of whom is 10 months previous.

More than 59,000 asylum-seekers have reached Italian shores to date this yr, 50 per cent greater than final yr however removed from the numbers who risked their lives on rickety smugglers’ boats throughout 2014-2017.

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