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33 dead as boat capsizes in Mediterranean
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33 dead as boat capsizes in Mediterranean

Oct 11 2013, 9:24pm CDT | by IANS

Rome, Oct 12 (IANS) At least 33 people reportedly died while some remained missing after a boat carrying around 250 African migrants capsized Friday in the Mediterranean, between waters of Malta and Italy, Xinhua reported citing local media here.

Rome, Oct 12 — At least 33 people reportedly died while some remained missing after a boat carrying around 250 African migrants capsized Friday in the Mediterranean, between waters of Malta and...

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33 dead as boat capsizes in Mediterranean

Oct 11 2013, 9:24pm CDT | by IANS

Rome, Oct 12 (IANS) At least 33 people reportedly died while some remained missing after a boat carrying around 250 African migrants capsized Friday in the Mediterranean, between waters of Malta and Italy, Xinhua reported citing local media here.

Rome, Oct 12 — At least 33 people reportedly died while some remained missing after a boat carrying around 250 African migrants capsized Friday in the Mediterranean, between waters of Malta and Italy, Xinhua reported citing local media here.

According to Italy's Rai state television, 33 bodies including some women and children have been recovered so far after the heavily overloaded boat was toppled as the agitated migrants tried to catch the attention of a military aircraft that was flying over the area, some 104 km south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

About 200 people have so far been rescued, it added.

The latest accident occurred a week after a shipwreck left more than 300 people dead near the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Earlier reports said some 50 people have died after the boat capsized.

The heavily overloaded boat capsized some 104 km south of Lampedusa, in waters where Malta has search and rescue responsibilities.

A patrol boat of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) was first on the scene. Two Italian Navy ships also rushed to the spot after they received an alarm from Maltese authorities.

A total of 150 survivors were placed on a Maltese vessel and another 56, including 10 children, were on an Italian Navy ship, reported ANSA news agency citing rescue sources.

Meanwhile, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed 27 deaths in the tragic incident, while saying that 203 people had so far been rescued, BBC reported.

Muscat said the dead included three small children and called on the European Union to bolster search and rescue patrols to prevent further tragedy.

"We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a cemetery," he told reporters in Valletta, the Maltese capital.

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High Commissioner for Refugees Guterres and Special Envoy Jolie warn of escalating crisis in the Mediterranean

Sep 14 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: UN High Commission on Refugees

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited the naval rescue headquarters in Malta yesterday, on a weekend in which new boat sinki ...
Source: UN High Commission on Refugees   Full article at: UN High Commission on Refugees
 

 
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[Ticker] Hundreds apply for Malta's EU passport sell-off

Aug 20 2014 12:26am CDT | Source: EUobserver.com

Malta has attracted more than 200 applicants for its controversial scheme to sell EU passports over the past six-or-so months, Henley & Partners, the UK firm handling the scheme has said. If they all get through security screening, they will contribute around €200mn to the Maltese economy, the company add ...
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