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Over 20 migrants die as thousands rescued off Libya

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 01:03

Over 20 bodies have washed up on the Libyan coast as thousands of migrants attempt to cross the Mediterranean. Jacob Greaves reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES. A grisly reminder of the dangers facing migrants trying to reach Europe. Over 20 bodies have washed-up on the Libyan coast. Aid agency workers making the find near the capital, Tripoli. It comes as thousands have attempted make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in recent days. The Italian coastguard puts the number at 5,000 on Monday (June 26) alone. Rescuers hauling people from overcrowded, ill-equipped boats. Libya has become the preferred jumping-off point for human traffickers. A deal between the EU and Turkey last year blocking a once busy passage to Greece. That's more than halved the number of attempted sea crossings. But the number trying to reach Italy from Libya has increased by roughly 20 percent. With it, images like this. The U.N. saying this route has claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people so far this year.

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Over 20 migrants die as thousands rescued off Libya

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 01:03