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More than 100 migrants rescued, 5 drown, off Libya

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By ITN News Editor June 19, 2018 15:22

More than 100 migrants rescued, 5 drown, off Libya

Five migrants were killed and 117 rescued by Tripoli coastguard off the coast of Libya after heavy damage to the boat transporting the migrants to Europe.The International Organization for Migration has tracked over 600,000 migrants in Libya, who are exposed to numerous risks including smuggling, trafficking, kidnapping, abuse, detention and torture.Most migrants attempting to reach Europe from Africa take the sea route from Libya to Italy, though last year saw a spike in numbers departing from Morocco to Spain instead.The European Commission said on Monday (June 18) it was confident that EU leaders could agree at a summit next week on handling migrants and refugees, but some diplomats were much less optimistic.

Migration has shot back to the top of Europe’s political agenda after a junior coalition partner of German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her until after the June 28-29 EU summit to get a deal with the other 27 member states. The issue has divided EU states bitterly since arrivals from the Middle East and Africa shot up in 2014, with frontline countries such as Italy and Greece demanding their peers do more to help them handle people fleeing wars and poverty.

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By ITN News Editor June 19, 2018 15:22
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