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Date: Friday, 29 June 2018

Migrants and refugees call out to Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms workers, after being located out of control sailing on a rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea, about 18 miles north of Sabratha, Libya
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Around 100 migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat capsized off the Libyan coast, the Repubblica newspaper reported.

According to the Repubblica newspaper, the incident took place east of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The Libyan Coast Guard has so far managed to rescue 14 people, but the total number of people on board could have been as high as 120.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), since the beginning of 2018, almost 41,000 people crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe, while 960 people died en route. During the same period of 2017, about 85,000 people reached Europe by sea and 2,133 more died.

​European countries have been experiencing a severe migration crisis since 2015 due to the influx of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing crises and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa.

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