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25 March, 2017

Aid group fears hundreds of migrants drowned off Libya

A Spanish aid organization said Friday that it feared hundreds of migrants may have died off Libya’s coast, while Turkish media reported that 11 migrants died after a boat sank in the Aegean.

Concerns about the migrants near Libya rose after Spain’s Proactiva Open Arms group found five bodies near two capsized boats on Thursday.

Proactiva spokeswoman Laura Lanuza said German aid organization Jugend Rettet found a sixth body in the area Friday. Meanwhile, the search for a third vessel reported missing in the area has so far proved futile. Lanuza said the boats were found Thursday morning, north of the Libyan town of Sabratha.

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