More than 700 migrants are thought to have lost their lives this week in three separate incidents when their boats sank in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to go to Europe, says UN agency for refugees. Italian police have arrested the captain of a ship, identified as a 28-year-old Sudanese, after testimony from survivors.
It is believed that hundreds of migrants can be drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when a boat was being dragged by tug, capsized on Thursday, according to the spokeswoman of the organization “Save The Children”. Giovanna Di Benedetto spokeswoman said most of them were from Eritrea and among them were many women and children.
“From the evidence it appears that migrants Wednesday evening two fishing boats and a boat set out from Sabratha. The largest vessel was fishing about 500 people on board and was pulling a small fishing boats without engine that was carrying about 400 people. The second ship began to sink from Thursday and only a few people managed to escape after cutting the rope ship that withdrawal. ”
Italian police on Friday detained four suspected smugglers. One of those detained is a 28-year-old Sudanese suspected of organized human trafficking where hundreds of people allegedly died. There have been various reports on the incident, where Italian police says about 100 migrants still missing figure, while the UN agency for refugees believe that the number is about 500 people.
Carlota Sami, UNHCR spokeswoman said on the phone the Associated Press news agency that about 550 migrants still missing figure from the ship capsized Thursday morning after being launched from the port Sabratha in Libya a few days ago. It said the ship, which had 670 people on board, there was no motor and withdrawing from another vessel also filled with migrants before it overturned.
About 25 people managed to swim to the boat first and surviving 79 others were rescued by international patrol boats and found 15 lifeless bodies. Italian police said that each boat was packed with around 500 migrants when the second ship retreat began filling with water, 300 migrants were trapped in the facility where the loads and are understandably muted.
Sudanese man arrested for trafficking, was identified as the leader of the survivors of the ship that was pulling the ship that capsized. Survivors said that he had given the order for the rupture of the rope as the boat was completely submerged in water.
Spokesperson of the organization “Save The Children” Giovanna Di Benedetto said that the total number of migrants losing their lives while trying to enter Europe deteriorated.