More than 90 migrants die in the Mediterranean Sea

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More of 90 people who were aboard an overcrowded boat drowned at sea Mediterraneanreported a major humanitarian group, in the latest tragedy involving migrants leaving northern Africa in search of a better life in Europe.

Doctors Without Borders reported Saturday night that the migrants were aboard a boat that left Libya last week. It was not immediately clear when the ship had problems, said Juan Matias Gil, the group’s mission leader.

The group said an oil tanker rescued four migrants early Saturday in international waters. The survivors reported that they were aboard a boat with about 100 other migrants, he said.

MSF said the tanker did not respond to its calls not to return the migrants to Libya, where they “are almost certain to be detained, abused and ill-treated”.

The group called on Italy and Malta to “assign a safe place for the survivors before it is too late.” It also asked the European Union’s border protection agency Frontex and other EU agencies to reveal details of the incident.

Migrants typically attempt to cross the Mediterranean from the North African nation in a desperate attempt to reach European shores. The nation has emerged as the dominant transit point for migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

In recent years, human traffickers have profited from the chaos in Libya, bringing migrants across Libya’s porous borders with six other nations, packing them into flimsy rubber rafts and launching them on risky sea voyages.

AP

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