Nearly 250 people missing and feared dead after two shipwrecks in Mediterranean

Almost 250 people are missing feared dead after two shipwrecks in the Mediterranean

Almost 250 people are missing feared dead after two shipwrecks in the Mediterranean

Up to 250 migrants are feared drowned after two refugee boats sunk in the Mediterranean Sea, the United Nations has said. Ms. Pouilly said some 50 people were rescued and disembarked in Sicily on Sunday, but more than 80 people are feared dead.

Meanwhile the International Medical Corps reported a shipwreck on Sunday off the Libyan coast in which 163 people are missing and feared dead.

Illegal migrants arrive by boat at a naval base after they were rescued by Libyan coastguard in the coastal city of Tripoli, Libya, May 10, 2017.

According to UNHCR, since the turn of the year, 1,300 people have disappeared in the sea attempting to make it to Europe.

The IOM spokesperson said most of the activities so far this year were from the Libya to Italy route as well as to Spain.

Police said in a statement that the gunman had not been identified, however, they said aerial video showed Libyan suspect Abouzid Nouredine Alhadi had boarded the dinghy from the smugglers' boat and had tried to blend in as another migrant. Nigerians are the largest nationality of migrants arriving in Italy by sea, followed by Bangladesh, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and Gambia, according to the International Organization for Migration.

"In 2016, NGOs rescued more than 46,000 people in the central Mediterranean, representing over 26% of all rescue operations".

The International Organization for Migration, the U.N.'s migration monitor, said separately that over 190 migrants lost their lives in the two shipwrecks.

The migrants, who were bound for Italy, were picked up off the western city of Sabratha about 30 km north of Libya's coast, said navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem.

More shipwrecks expected The two latest shipwrecks came amid favourable weather over the weekend and improved sea conditions.

Officials said around 300 migrants attempted to cross the 6m border fence separating the enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Tuesday, with many throwing stones and missiles at police.

NRC also strongly object to any consideration of return at sea of migrants and asylum seekers to Libya. Ciaran Giles in Madrid contributed.

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