On Friday, at least 34 people died after their boat sank while crossing the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe. The vessel went down 100 kilometers south of the Italian Island Lampedusa and 110 kilometers off the coast of Malta.
The UN's migration agency says the number of people trying to flee to Europe by sea has fallen significantly compared to 2017. The UN has put this down to two reasons.
A migrant rescue ship has been seized in Italy for refusing to hand over rescued migrants to Libya. The NGO said that would have been illegal, and insisted that the rescue took place legally in international waters.
Frontex's new Operation Themis sends a political message to Italy's Mediterranean neighbors. More than 10 Frontex ships will be sailing through the sea for a year.
Mediterranean migrant boats headed for Europe could be carrying fugitive Islamic State fighters, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano has asserted. He's been hosting African, EU and UN officials at a Rome conference.
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