700 migrants lost at sea off Italy

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Published: Sunday 19th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A major air and sea search is under way south of the Italian island of Lampedusa after a migrant ship capsized.

Italy’s ANSA news agency said about 700 people were aboard and only 28 people have been rescued so far.

Barbara Molinario, spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency, said the coastguard operation is continuing. She added that the number of victims is not known.

The capsizing comes as a wave of migrants try to leave Libya for Italian shores. At least 900 have died this year as boats capsized.

Published: Sunday 19th April 2015 by The News Editor

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