Up to 500 migrants may have drowned in Mediterranean tragedy: UNHCR

April 20, 2016 5:33 PM

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Up to 500 migrants may have drowned in Mediterranean tragedy: UNHCR

ROME Up to 500 migrants might have drowned in the Mediterranean last week when human traffickers crammed people onto an already overcrowded ship, causing it to sink, the U.N. refugee agency said on Wednesday.

If confirmed, it would be the worst such tragedy in 12 months and bring the total number of migrant drownings in the southern Mediterranean to nearly 800 so far this year.

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