Six people die in latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy

12 Dec 2016


Rome, Dec 12: Six people are dead in a new Mediterranean migrant tragedy, the media reported on Monday.

Reports quoting the Italian coast guard said that 1,164 people were rescued during operations in saving the stricken boats in the Mediterranean.


Italian coastguard and naval ships, a vessel from the European Union’s anti-smuggling mission and private aid groups rescued the people from seven boats in the central Mediterranean, the media reported.


These latest incidents all follow a similar pattern; due to poor weather and rough sea conditions, the rubber dinghies started taking in water and gradually sank, causing many migrants to drown.


During a similar incident in November, Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesperson for the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome, said, “What is really of great concern about these shipwrecks is that the bad weather did not stop the human smugglers from forcing people onto these unsafe dinghies."


Image: Missing Migrants Twitter (image for representational purpose only)

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