Migrants missing in Mediterranean

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Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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More than 200 migrants are missing after their boats sank in the Mediterranean, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

At least 203 people have been “swallowed up by the waves”, according to the agency’s spokeswoman in Italy, Carlotta Sami.

Earlier in the week, the Italian coast guard reported that at least 29 people had died from hypothermia while travelling from north Africa to Italy’s coast.

The UN Refugee Agency had criticised the new EU-backed rescue patrol as ineffective for saving lives. The European Union took over Mediterranean patrols after Italy phased out its robust Mare Nostrum operation, launched after 360 migrants died in 2014.

Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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