HUNDREDS FEARED DROWNED OFF THE COAST OF LIBYA


Hundreds of people are feared dead after at least one boat packed with suspected illegal migrants heading for Europe sank off the coast of Libya.

Libyan officials said at least 21 people had died and about 20 were rescued after a vessel reportedly carrying 250 people went down.

There are unconfirmed reports that up to two more boats, carrying more than 300 people, also sank in the same area.

Tens of thousands of migrants attempt to reach Europe by sea every year.

Italy has announced that it will soon start joint sea patrols with Libya aimed at stopping the heavy influx of illegal migrants.

SOURCED FROM REUTERS

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