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IOM Assists Probes into the Deaths of Hundreds of Migrants Lost this Month Off the Coast of Malta

Switzerland - Investigations are proceeding in three countries following the loss of up to 500 migrants who sailed to Europe from the port of Damietta, Egypt, earlier this month.

The International Organization for Migration is assisting Italy, Greece and Malta in separate investigations into a September incident that eyewitnesses say amounted to the deliberate scuttling of a vessel carrying at least 300 migrants from Egypt, Syria, Sudan and Palestine. Nearly two weeks later only 11 survivors have been reported.

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DG William Lacy Swing: World Must Vigorously Pursue Criminal Gangs Who Doomed Hundreds of Migrants in the Mediterranean

Switzerland - News of up to 500 seaborne migrants being tossed to their doom near Malta — deliberately, according to eyewitness accounts — is merely the latest chapter in a horrible story unfolding on Europe’s doorstep.

Criminality, on top of desperation, has been this summer’s recipe for death — even murder, according to eyewitness accounts.

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UNHCR alarmed at death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean

GENEVA, September 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is alarmed at the death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean in recent days, which underlines the need for collective European action to avoid further loss of lives at sea.

According to information received by UNHCR from coastguards, five shipwrecks occurred over the weekend, leaving between 650 and 850 people dead or missing, although the figures are constantly, being revised upwards.

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IOM Investigates Reports of Deliberate Drowning of 500 Migrants in Mediterranean

Switzerland - Investigators from the International Organization for Migration have obtained eyewitness testimony of a tragic incident in which as many as 500 migrants were drowned when their vessel was deliberately sunk in the Mediterranean.

These reports point to a growing death toll off Europe’s shores which this year already approaches 3,000. That’s nearly four times the figure from 2013, which IOM’s Missing Migrants Project estimated to be 700 deaths.

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Greece + 6 others
'Worst shipwreck in years' leaves 500 boat migrants feared dead

As many as 500 Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat near Malta.

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Malta + 4 others
High Commissioner for Refugees Guterres and Special Envoy Jolie warn of escalating crisis in the Mediterranean

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited the naval rescue headquarters in Malta yesterday, on a weekend in which new boat sinkings were being reported off Egypt and Libya claiming more innocent lives. Ms. Jolie and Mr. Guterres met three survivors of one of the tragedies, who had been rescued by a commercial vessel and brought to Malta by the Maltese authorities.

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At least 2 dead, 6 rescued from shipwreck near Malta: police

09/13/2014 10:14 GMT

ATHENS, September 13, 2014 (AFP) - A young girl was one of at least two migrants who drowned and six more were rescued when their boat sank on Friday in the Mediterranean Sea, Greek port police said.

"The survivors, including a girl in critical condition, are suffering from hypothermia and were hospitalised in Chania on the island of Crete", a spokesman told AFP Saturday.

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Mind the Gap: An NGO Perspective on Challenges to Accessing Protection in the Common European Asylum System - Annual Report 2013|2014

With restricted access to the EU territory for people fleeing war and persecution, and asylum seekers ending up destitute or detained in some European countries, the EU remains an elusive safe haven for refugees.

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Libya + 7 others
Three boat tragedies in five days on the Mediterranean – scores feared dead

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days

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Libya + 7 others
Plus de 300 clandestins morts noyés la semaine dernière en mer Méditerranée

GENEVE, 26 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 personnes ont trouvé la mort durant leur tentative de traversée irrégulière depuis l'Afrique du Nord vers l'Europe la semaine dernière, ce qui porte le bilan des naufrages cette année à près de 1 900 personnes, y compris environ 1 600 depuis juin.

« Ces derniers jours ont été les plus meurtriers de 2014 en Méditerranée pour les personnes qui effectuent des traversées irrégulières vers l'Europe, avec au moins trois embarcations ayant chaviré ou coulé », a indiqué Melissa Fleming, porte-parole du HCR, aux journalistes à Genève.

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Malta + 1 other
First private op to rescue boat migrants launched

08/25/2014 22:29 GMT

VALLETTA, August 25, 2014 (AFP) - The first privately-funded operation to rescue boat immigrants in the Mediterranean launched Monday, as a ship owned by an Italian-American couple set off from Malta for a 60-day mission to scour the sea for people in distress.

The 40-foot-long Phoenix I, equipped with drones to spot migrants in distress, set sail after a series of shipwrecks this weekend left at least 200 people dead.

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is the brainchild of Italian Regina Catrambone and her American husband Christopher.

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Lebanon + 9 others
Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 20-26 July

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REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

• On 30 July, the Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos briefed the Security Council on the first cross-border operation under SC Resolution 2165 (2014). The operation was carried out on Thursday, 24 July, from Turkey through Bab Al Salam border crossing into Syria and included food, shelter materials, household items and water and sanitation supplies for approximately 26,000 people in Aleppo and Idleb Governorates.

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Italy + 2 others
Migrants at sea highlight need for humanitarian assistance and legal protection

By Andreea Anca, Sr. Communications Officer, EZ

In Sicily, dozens of Italian Red Cross (ItRC) vehicles and ambulances as well as volunteers, receive migrants who land on the southern shores of Italy on a daily basis, exhausted and traumatized after a perilous journey at sea.

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Libya + 2 others
At least 20 dead, dozens missing in shipwreck off Libya

07/29/2014 23:29 GMT

TRIPOLI, July 29, 2014 (AFP) - More than 20 migrants have died and dozens are missing after their makeshift boat sank off the Libyan coast, the navy said late Tuesday.

"A navy patrol on Monday rescued 22 clandestine migrants who were clinging to debris from their boat," spokesman Colonel Ayoub Kassem told AFP, adding that more than 20 bodies were plucked from the water.

Survivors said some 150 people had been aboard the vessel, which sank some 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

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Italy + 6 others
Se necesita acción urgente en Europa para frenar el aumento de muertes en el mar

Más de 800 personas han muerto en lo que va de año en el Mediterráneo. Muchos buscaban seguridad por conflictos o guerras civiles.

GINEBRA, Suiza, 24 de julio de 2014 (ACNUR/UNHCR) – En los últimos diez días, más de 260 personas han muerto o han desaparecido cuando intentaban cruzar el Mediterráneo hacia Europa.

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UNHCR calls for urgent European action to end refugee and migrant deaths at sea

More than 800 people, many of them seeking safety from conflict and civil war, have died this year in the Mediterranean, compared to a total 600 deaths in 2013, and 500 in 2012.

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Italy + 3 others
Five migrants accused of 'massacre' on refugee boat: reports

07/22/2014 21:35 GMT

ROME, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Five migrants were arrested on Tuesday by Italian police accused of killing fellow passengers aboard a boat in which 30 bodies were found by rescuers earlier this month, Italian media reported.

Italian and Maltese naval crews who rescued more than 560 refugees -- most of them Syrian -- from the ship on July 19 made the grim discovery. The dead, who included a baby, had apparently been overcome by heat and engine fumes having been locked in the hold by the crew.

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Five bodies found as Italian navy rescues hundreds of migrants

07/21/2014 11:07 GMT

ROME, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - More than 800 migrants were rescued overnight while attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said on Monday, while five bodies were recovered in the operation.

The latest rescue comes amid a surge in the number of migrants attempting to reach Europe from Africa, as traffickers take advantage of calm summer seas to make the dangerous crossing.

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Malta + 2 others
Mediterranean migrant boat death toll rises to 30

07/20/2014 20:08 GMT

VALLETTA, July 20, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll from the latest Mediterranean migrant boat disaster rose to 30 on Sunday, as Malta said it had found 29 bodies in the vessel's hold and Italy said a Syrian baby had died.

Maltese officials said the migrants -- almost all Syrian -- may have died in a stampede as the boat was being rescued, while Italians said they may have been overcome with toxic fumes from the engine.

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Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

07/19/2014 18:53 GMT

by Dario THUBURN

ROME, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Italian and Maltese rescuers found 18 bodies on an overcrowded migrant boat on Saturday, with Italian officials blaming toxic fumes from the engine and the Maltese military saying there could have been a stampede.

Three asylum-seekers were evacuated by Italian coastguards and rushed to hospital. One of them died on the way and two others were in a serious condition, officials said.

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