Migrant death toll in Mediterranean hits 1,000 – UN

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Over 1,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year, making it the sixth year in a row that the “bleak milestone” has been reached, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

“UNHCR is urgently calling for an increase in search and rescue capacity, including a return of EU state vessels to search and rescue operations, and an acknowledgment of the crucial role of NGO boats in saving lives at sea,” UNHCR spokesman Charlie Yaxley said in a statement.

According to the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), no fewer than 15,000 people have lost their lives in Mediterranean crossings since 2014.




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