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Libyan Refugees & Sinking

May 9, 2011 by staff 

Libyan Refugees & SinkingLibyan Refugees & Sinking, As many as 600 refugees were feared dead after trying to flee the ship sank off the Libyan coast to the North African country, witnesses told the UN refugee agency.

The spokeswoman Laura Boldrini said the agency is trying to confirm what happened to the passengers when the vessel broke in the sea on Friday.

Witnesses who left the other boat shortly after the ship apart and seen bodies floating in the sea. That ship arrived later in Italy.

Boldrini said Monday that at least three other boats from Libya in recent months were never charged immigrants to Italy.

More than 500 refugees from Libya in one of these boats were rescued early Saturday after their overcrowded boat sink about 12 miles off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, reports EUObserver.com.

Coast Guard saved the 528 Italian immigrants, including women and children, during a dramatic after the fishing boat hit rocks and began sinking.

“It was a difficult situation,” said Antonio Morana, a coastguard spokesman told AFP. “Our patrol boats could not approach because of the shallow water and the surf was very strong”

Some survivors reportedly managed to get ashore after swimming for two hours, while merchant ships have been recovered at least 12 bodies, the reports of Malta today.

“The rescue of 500 refugees by the Italian coastguard a sinking boat near the island of Lampedusa on Sunday, so I would like to express my admiration to the Italian authorities, once again points to the need for action urgent, “EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, said in a statement.

Malmstrom reiterated calls on EU nations to assume the burden of refugees from Libya to Tunisia and Egypt, which received more than 650,000 people since violence erupted in the country.

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