As Many As 700 Migrants Believed to Have Died in Recent Boat Tragedy

“Hundreds of Migrants Believed Dead in Shipwreck Off Libya,” by Deborah Hill for the Wall Street Journal:

As many as 700 migrants are believed to have died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, piling pressure on European leaders to find a solution to a spiraling migration crisis in the face of growing chaos in Libya and anti-immigration sentiment at home.

The 20-meter-long fishing boat sank on what has become the deadliest migrant route in the world—the crossing from Libya to the Italian island of Lampedusa—after launching a distress call early Sunday. The Italians sent a Portuguese mercantile vessel to help the boat near the Libyan coast. But when the migrants, mostly sub-Saharan Africans, saw it approach, they rushed to one side, capsizing the boat, the coast guard said…

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