‘Worst Annual Death Toll Ever’: Mediterranean Claims 5,000 Migrants

Mediterranean: ‘Worst Annual Death Toll’

Around 100 people are feared to have drowned Thursday, bringing the number of casualties of migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year to over 5,000, according to a U.N. refugee agency.

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GENEVA — The number of people who have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 is one-third higher than in any other year, the United Nations said on Friday.

More than 90 migrants were feared dead after the two latest boat sinkings between Libya and Sicily on Thursday, the United Nations reported, bringing the number of migrants killed in 2016 as they attempted the journey to over 5,000, compared with the 3,771 deaths recorded last year.

“This is the worst annual death toll ever seen,” William Spindler, a spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency, told reporters in Geneva, adding that 14 people, on average, drowned in the Mediterranean every day this year.

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