Dozens dead as migrants' boat sinks off Lampedusa
on 11/10/2013 21:26:07
Joseph Muscat told a news conference in the Maltese capital Valletta that more than 200 people have been rescued and that the search is continuing. He said at least three of the 27 dead are children.
The capsizing occurred some 65 miles south east of Lampedusa, but in waters where Malta has search and rescue responsibilities.
Last week, a migrant boat carrying some 500 Eritreans capsized off Lampedusa, killing at least 339.
Only 155 people survived.
Meanwhile, another boat carrying migrants capsized off the Egyptian coast, killing 12 and leaving 116 survivors, state media reported.
The navy responded to a distress call near the city of Alexandria, the official news agency said, adding that 72 Palestinians, 40 Syrians and four Egyptians survived the shipwreck.
At least 70,000 Syrians are registered in Egypt as refugees. Many, including thousands of Palestinians who also fled the war in Syria, are not -registered and use the country as a stopover before making the perilous sea trip to Europe.
Thousands of Egyptians also make the sea journey to flee poverty and high unemployment.