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Dozens of Europe-bound migrants drown in Mediterranean

Associated Press Reporter

At least 41 people drowned over the weekend when their boat capsized in the central Mediterranean, the UN has said.

The tragedy was the latest shipwreck involving migrants fleeing conflict-stricken Libya and seeking a better life in Europe.

The UN migration and refugee agencies said in a joint statement that the dead were among at least 120 migrants on a dinghy that left Libya on February 18. The shipwreck took place two days later, the statement said.

A commercial vessel rescued the survivors and took them to the Sicilian port town of Porto Empedocle in Italy.

Only one body was recovered, and the missing included three children and four women, one of whom left behind a newborn baby currently in Lampedusa, the statement added.

The shipwreck was the latest along the central Mediterranean migration route, where about 160 Europe-bound migrants have died since the beginning of 2021, the UN agencies said.

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