The president of the Italian unit of an aid group, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has revealed that no less than six migrants died and up to 100 more were missing and feared dead after their rubber boat sank in the Mediterranean on Thursday.
According to MSF Italy president Loris De Filippi, a British navy ship rescued 27 people and recovered six bodies about 20 miles from the coast of Libya two days ago.
Survivors told staff that another 90 to 100 people had also been on board and had died.
“It is plausible because these boats are all the same, very long rubber boats that usually carry 120-130 people, completely packed,” De Filippi said.
He said MSF had no information on the nationalities of the migrants rescued on Thursday. Most rescued in recent days were of West African origin.
“The conditions are terrible and people keep putting out to sea anyway, which says a lot about how desperate they are,” he said.
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