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Over 650 migrants feared drowned

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By Euronews
Over 650 migrants feared drowned

Up to 650 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean, on its way to Italy from Libya.

The Italian coastguard launched a major rescue operation after the boat overturned at midnight local time, south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Twenty-eight people have already been rescued but hundreds of others are feared dead.

It’s thought that the accident happened when migrants rushed to one side to get the attention of a passing merchant ship.

Around 450 migrants making their way to Italy from Libya drowned earlier this week in two separate incidents.