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Italy:search for hundreds of bodies from capsized migrant boat called off


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Italy:search for hundreds of bodies from capsized migrant boat called off

Divers looking for bodies, after a boat packed with Somali and Eritrean migrants capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa, have called off their search after choppy sea conditions made it impossible.

It’s estimated that 300 people have died in one of the worst disasters of Europe’s immigration crisis.

More than 100 dead bodies have been recovered with at least 200 people still unaccounted for.

Italy has held a day of mourning.

155 people were pulled out of the water alive. Doctors described them as exhausted and dehydrated with many having fled wars and violence in their home countries before making long journeys.

Italy says that the rest of Europe must help with the recent wave of migrants and refugees from Africa.

Italian Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, said: “This is not something which is our problem alone, it is something that regards all of Europe, not just us. It is an issue that affects Europe and whether Europe intends to defend the boundaries it has drawn with the Schengen agreement”.

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