Fourteen killed as ship carrying migrants sinks off Italy

Fourteen killed as ship carrying migrants sinks off Italy

Fourteen killed as ship carrying migrants sinks off Italy

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.

CNN

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