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Over 40, Including African Migrants Perish In Mediterranean Sea, North Of Libya

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At least 40 migrants, including some African trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya to Europe perished today in an overcrowded smuggling boat. They were said to have died apparently from fuel fumes.

The rescue ship’s commander, Massimo Tosi reported that the bodies of dead ones were “lying in water, fuel, human excrement” in the Ship’s hold.

Migrants are braving the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, hoping to reach Europe and be granted asylum. They are fleeing war, persecution and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Commander Tosi, who spoke from the navy ship Cigala Fulgosi while the rescue was still ongoing said: “it appears to be from inhaling exhaust fumes,” adding that the survivors included 45 women and three children.

Tosi said that among the survivors, “women were crying for their husbands (and) their children who died in the crossing.”

Prior to today’s disaster, at least 2,100 migrants died at sea this year trying to make the crossing from the shores of Libya, where human traffickers are based, to Italy. Migration organizations say the Libya-to-Italy crossing is by far the deadliest. The exact toll of dead will never be known, as some boats are believed by authorities to have gone down at sea without rescuers being aware of them.

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The number of migrants trying to reach Europe by sea is on track to hit a record this year, according to the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration.

Greece has reported 134,988 arrivals from Turkey this year, the group said, while Italy recorded more than 100,000 migrants rescued at sea by mid-August. Along with other migrants landing in Spain and Malta that makes over 243,000 people crossing so far this year – compared to 219,000 for all of 2014. [myad]

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