Over 1,400 die trying to reach Italian shoresMay 26th, 2011 - 12:23 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, May 26 (IANS/AKI) Over 1,400 migrants have died this year while trying to reach the Italian shores from conflict-hit North Africa, according to a report.
The report was published by Fortress Europe, an Italian blog that tracks deaths through media reports.
Till May 23, at least 1,403 people died in the Strait of Sicily on board boats sailing toward the island of Lampedusa - close to Africa - while 1,510 lost their lives in the entire Mediterranean region, the site said.
Over 30,000 people have come on board ships mostly from Tunisia and Libya, amid uprisings and civil war.
Italian police last week rescued about 500 migrants from Libya after a fire broke out on their boat.
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- Two human traffickers held in Italy - Apr 23, 2011
- 25 migrants found dead as boat reaches Italy - Aug 01, 2011
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- Italian drone completes first surveillance mission - Aug 13, 2011
- Italy to send ships, planes to ease refugee crisis in Libya - Mar 04, 2011
- Somali Olympic sprinter dies at sea - Aug 21, 2012
- Condoms urged for Tunisian migrants on Italian island - Mar 30, 2011
- Movie on migrants Italy's Oscar candidate - Sep 28, 2011
- Gaddafi's $25 mn Italian hotel complex seized - May 17, 2012
- Libya becomes a roadblock on the path to Europe - Sep 11, 2010
- Hundreds missing after migrant boat sinks near Italian island, 50 rescued - Apr 06, 2011
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