500 Feared Dead as Migrant Boat Sinks in Mediterranean, UN Says

As many as 500 people may have drowned last week after a boat ferrying migrants and refugees capsized in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy, the United Nations Refugee Agency said.

The unidentified vessel sank while passengers traveling on a smaller boat were being transferred onto it, the agency said in an e-mailed statement. Forty one people who had yet to board the larger vessel survived, it said.

Ths survivors, including 23 Somalis, 11 Ethiopians and six Egyptians, drifted at sea for about three days before being rescued on April 16, the UN said.

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