Italy confirms migrant boat tragedy, 400 people are feared dead


CCTV Africa

Published on Apr 19, 2016

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has confirmed reports of a migrant tragedy in Egyptian waters but added he was waiting for more details. Unconfirmed media reports had earlier stated up to 400 victims drowned after their boat capsized near the Egyptian coast as they attempted to sail to Europe. Most of the migrants aboard the boat were fleeing from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, hoping to reach Italy. Somali media reports say that rescue workers have only managed to save 29 passengers from the waters. The Italian Foreign Minister said the tragedy came on the one-year anniversary of the deaths of hundreds of migrants off Libya in April 2015. Gentiloni also added that these recent events are a reminder of the refugee crisis currently plaguing Europe and called for a stronger commitment to addressing the migration crisis.

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