Italian navy: migrant ship sinks with scores dead and hundreds rescued

The Italian navy says rescue operations are underway after a ship carrying migrants sank off Libya. It is the latest in a series of tragedies as refugees flee conflict zones in North Africa and the Middle East.

The Italian navy said Saturday that its Comandanti-class warship the Cigala Fulgosi intercepted the vessel carrying more than 300 people. It was overloaded and starting so sink off the Libyan coast, the Italian navy said.

“Operation underway… many migrants saved. At least 40 dead,” the navy said on Twitter, while the “Corriere della Sera” newspaper reported that the dead were found in the hold of the vessel.

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Source News: DW