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Mediterranean migrant deaths prompt calls for EU action.


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Mediterranean migrant deaths prompt calls for EU action.

Dramatic video footage of survivors in the sea after a migrant boat capsized on Friday has been released by the Italian Navy.

A joint operation between Malta and Italy successfully pulled nearly 200 people from waters 105 kilometres south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Many of the survivors were taken by coast guard to Malta.

This is the second migrant tragedy in just over a week; eight days ago more than 300 people died when their boat capsized within sight of Lampedusa.

Both Italy and Malta have called on the EU to wade into the migrant crisis – the Maltese Prime Minister describing the Mediterranean as a “cemetery”.

Arrivals of migrants from North Africa have grown steadily over the past two decades, with many making the journey in summer when the Mediterranean is calmer.

This year numbers have been swollen by those fleeing a number of crises: instability in Egypt, civil war in Syria and chaos in Libya.

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