Written by News 1st
13 May, 2014 | 3:29 pm
At least fourteen people were killed when a ship carrying migrants sank about 100 miles off southern Italy Monday, the Italian navy said.
Italy’s coast guard rescued about 200 other people who’d been on the ship, the state-run ANSA news agency reported.
The incident came a day after a boat carrying illegal migrants sank off the coast of Tripoli, Libya, killing at least 40 people, according to an account from Libya’s Interior Ministry.
Southern Italy — especially tiny Lampedusa, which is the closest Italian island to Africa — is a frequent destination for refugees seeking to enter European Union countries from Africa. Migrants often pack into unseaworthy and ill-equipped boats, and shipwrecks off Italian shores are common.
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