Survivors of the boat that overturned off the coasts of Libya wait to disembark from Italian Coast Guard ship Bruno Gregoretti, at Catania Harbor, Italy, Monday, April 20, 2015. (AP/Carmelo Imbesi )
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Italian police have arrested two suspected people traffickers among the survivors of the migrant boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, as the UN said 800 people were killed in the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster.They said they had detained a Tunisian man believed to be the captain of the vessel and a Syrian allegedly a member of the ship's crew, taken from a group of 27 haggard survivors who arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania on Monday evening. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said separately that Italy's coast guard had asked merchant shipping to come to the aid of two boats off the Libyan coast with up to 450 migrants on board after they sought help.More than 11,000 migrants have been rescued by Italian authorities since the middle of last week alone and current trends suggest last year's total of 170,000 landing in Italy is likely to be exceeded in 2015 .Italian and Maltese navy boats meanwhile continued to search for the victims of Sunday's disaster, which brings to an estimated 1,600 the number of migrants who have drowned in the Mediterranean this year.Only 28 survivors have been found so far, along with 24 bodies, which were taken to Malta.
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