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200 people in the sea close to Sicily after migrant boat capsizes


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200 people in the sea close to Sicily after migrant boat capsizes

The Italian Navy has been called out to rescue around 200 migrants plunged into the sea after a boat from north Africa sunk close to Sicily.

It follows 24 hours of rescue operations between the north African Coast and Italy.

Earlier on Friday, a boat carrying Palestinians and Syrians capsized off the coast of Egypt killing at least a dozen. They were believed to have been heading for Italy. More than 100 were rescued close to the port of Alexandria and taken to a local police station.

Meanwhile, overnight more than 500 people had to be rescued in the canal of Sicily in separate operations by the Italian coastguard.

It comes just a week after more than 300 people from Eritrea and Somalia died when their boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Only 155 people survived the disaster there and divers are still searching for bodies.

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OK Migrant boat capsizes off Egypt coast killing at least a dozen

At least 12 migrants have drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt.

Most of those on board were Palestinians and Syrians and believed to have been heading for Italy.

An estimated 116 people were rescued and taken to a local naval base and then to a police station.

Meanwhile on Thursday night, more than 500 people were rescued in the canal of Sicily in separate operations by the Italian coastguard.

The rescues come just a week after more than 300 migrants sailing from Libya died when their boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Only 155 people survived the disaster there and divers are still searching for bodies.

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