Italy says migrant boat capsized, second in two days

A migrant family carries their belongings during the evacuation operation by police forces of a makeshift migrant camp at the Greek Macedonian border near Idomeni yesterday. Pic  AFP

"The Bettica, which had arrived nearby, threw life-rafts and jackets" to the migrants in the water, while another navy ship in the area sent a helicopter and rescue boats.

According to the International Organization for Migration, over 1,370 migrants have lost their lives so far this year as they attempt the perilous crossing to Europe. Italian Coast Guard. Cmdr.

Dramatic images released by the Italian navy Wednesday captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead. The girl whose name is Favour (which means privileged ) is being cared for on Lampedusa, Sicily after other migrants said her mother had been killed in a fire on board another migrant ship.

In another Wednesday operation, the Italian navy intercepted a second distressed boat and picked up 108 people, bringing to 670 the day's tally of rescued migrants.

Yesterday, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved a raft of new measures combining "opportunities and obligations" created to help Germany deal with the influx of about 1.1 million asylum-seekers registered as entering the country past year, and help those who stay become "good neighbours and citizens".

The number of migrants reaching Calais has started to rise in recent weeks, prompting fears of another summer of humanitarian problems and cross-Channel disruption. The majority of those using Libya as a springboard to reach Europe are from sub-Saharan Africa.

He added that 50 people have been rescued by a Spanish navy vessel. Tirana says it doesn't have the capacity to shelter refugees, but will accept a number of them if Europe decides to distribute them between countries under a coordinated plan.

About 500 migrants were rescued, but seven people died, the navy said.

The Italian coast guard responded with two rescue vessels to the location some 30 miles off Libya's coast.

All told, the Italian coastguard said it had helped save 4,000 migrants today, in 22 operations.

"Aboard the boats are many Syrian and Iraqi people", Sea-Watch said on Facebook, adding that the European Union deal to send migrants back to Turkey from Greece is forcing refugees to travel from North Africa to Europe.

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