Twenty four migrants drown after boat sinks in Mediterranean

ROME: At least 24 migrants trying to reach Europe from Africa died after their boat sank in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said on Tuesday after completing a two day search for bodies. A further 364 migrants were rescued by navy and coastguard vessels after the fishing boat capsized on Sunday evening, the latest in a series of similar shipwrecks. Two days earlier, another boat carrying migrants sank near the Libyan coast leaving around 250 feared drowned. Droves of people, many fleeing war in Syria and military conscription in Eritrea, have attempted the perilous passage this year, pushing the number of seaborne arrivals in Italy to a record of more than 100,000. Despite calmer summer seas, the rickety boats departing North Africa, where a breakdown of order in Libya has been exploited by traffickers, often run into difficulty. The navy said on Monday it had rescued almost 4,000 migrants over the weekend. 

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