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The death voyages continue as dozens drown after migrant boat capsizes

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The death voyages continue as dozens drown after migrant boat capsizes

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Dozens of migrants have died and hundreds have been rescued in the Mediterranean in separate incidents on Friday.

Scores of people including children died after a boat capsized between Sicily and Tunisia, close to the islands of Lampedusa and Malta. Around 50 corpses have apparently been sighted.

A rescue operation is underway and Italian and Maltese ships and helicopters have already picked up 200 people.

Earlier in the day, at least 500 people traveling in separate boats had to be rescued near Sicily by the Italian coastguard.

A separate boat accident off the Egyptian port of Alexandria claimed the lives of at least a dozen migrants, mostly Palestinians and Syrians.

It follows last week’s tragedy when a boat carrying Eritrean and Somali migrants sank near Lampedusa. More than 300 lost their lives and the search for bodies continues.

Italy has said it will hold a state funeral for the Lampadusa dead.