More than 300 die in boat tragedies on Mediterranean

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THE past few days have been the deadliest this year for people making irregular crossings on the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reporting that at least 300 people have died in successive boat tragedies. “In all, we now believe 1,889 people have perished this year while making such journeys, 1,600 of these since the start of June,” said Melissa Fleming, UNHCR spokesperson, said in Geneva on Wednesday over the past few days, at least three vessels having overturned or sunk.

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