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US News At least 45 migrants perished in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean

01:05  20 august  2020
01:05  20 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Macron strengthens France's presence in the eastern Mediterranean

 Macron strengthens France's presence in the eastern Mediterranean The dispute over Turkish natural gas drilling off the Greek island of Kastelorizo ​​has been escalating in the Mediterranean for days. France now wants to send the military to "better assess the situation". © Ibrahim Laleli / dpa In view of the dispute over natural gas fields, France's President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will temporarily strengthen the French military presence in the eastern Mediterranean.

At least 45 migrants and refugees have died in the largest shipwreck off Libya's coast this year, the UN says. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via

BRUSSELS — At least 239 migrants are believed to have drowned this week in two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya, the United Nations refugee agency said Thursday, adding to the toll in what was already the deadliest year on record in the Mediterranean Sea. Survivor accounts suggest that two

LIBYA-MIGRANTS: At least 45 migrants perished in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean

AU MOINS 45 MIGRANTS ONT PÉRI DANS UN NAUFRAGE EN MÉDITERRANÉE © Reuters / DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI AT LEAST 45 MIGRANTS PERIODED IN A SHIP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 45 African migrants and refugees have perished in the Mediterranean in what constitutes the worst shipwreck since the start of the year off the Libyan coast, two UN agencies said on Wednesday.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IMO), in a statement about this shipwreck that occurred on Monday, call for an increase in search and rescue capacities to respond to distress calls.

"Some 37 survivors, mainly from Senegal, Mali, Chad and Ghana, were rescued by local fishermen before being arrested when they disembarked," the statement said.

"They reported to IMO staff that 45 others, including five children, were killed when the boat's engine exploded off Zouara."

This shipwreck brings to at least 320 the number of migrants and refugees who have died off Libya since the beginning of this year, say the UNHCR and the IMO.

(Stephanie Nebehay, French version Marc Angrand)

France in military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean .
TURKEY-GREECE-FRANCE: France in military exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean © Reuters / DALATI NOHRA FRANCE IN MILITARY EXERCISES IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN PARIS (Reuters) - La France is participating from this Wednesday in joint military maneuvers with Italy, Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean, which must not become "the playground of the ambitions of some", declared the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly , while tensions are high with Turkey.

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