Up to 500 migrants might have drowned in Med tragedy: UNHCR

April 20, 2016 2:27 PM

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Up to 500 migrants might have drowned in Med 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.

Somalia's government said on Monday about 200 or more Somalis may have died in the tragedy while trying to cross illegally to Europe. After talking to survivors, the UNHCR agency said the overall death toll might have been much higher.

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