In Mediterranean, 2018 begins with grim stories of migrants

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The year 2018 has begun with some sad stories about migrants who are crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. Close to 200 migrants or refugees have reportedly died or gone missing, within a little more than in a week.

According to the United Nations migration agency, the month may deadlier than January last year, when the number of deaths was about 254.

“It’s very distressing that during the first 10 days of 2018 we have seen close to 800 migrants rescued or intercepted off the Libyan coast, with more lives lost at sea,” said Othman Belbeisi, Chief of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Libya Mission.

“More has to be done to reduce irregular unsafe movements of people along the Central Mediterranean route,” he said.

The Libyan Coast Guard rescued three rubber boats with 279 migrants in one of the latest incidents, with the survivors saying that about 100 people are missing.

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