UN urges more effort to save lives of Libya migrants 


April 15, Tripoli: Not enough is being done to save the lives of the rising number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe says the UN refugee agency.

A UNHCR spokesman called on the EU to step up its rescue system, after a migrant boat capsized off Libya on Sunday, with 400 feared dead.

Libya‘s coastguard says it expects more attempted crossings later this week.

Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous crossing in recent years, fleeing poverty and conflict and more than 100 migrants rescued from boats in the Mediterranean are due to arrive in Sicily later on Wednesday. Almost 10,000 have been picked up in recent days, and more boats are heading for the Italian coast.

Italy’s interior ministry has instructed officials throughout the country to be prepared to house the new arrivals, many of whom are children.

UN officials say well over 500 people have died since the start of the year, 30 times more than in the same period last year.

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