Migrants rest on the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station ship Phoenix after being rescued in the central Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, as the ship makes its way towards Italy, April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Around 100 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean according to shipwreck survivors, raising the death toll for the perilous crossing to Italy to over 1,000 victims in 2017, the U.N.'s refugee agency said Friday.Overstretched migrant aid groups describing "unprecedented mass rescues" of people fleeing horrors in conflict-torn Libya over Easter had warned more people risked drowning without EU action.More than 36,700 people have been pulled to safety and brought to Italy so far this year according to the International Organization for Migration, an increase of nearly 45 percent compared with the same period last year.Interior Minister Marco Minniti said Friday Rome would supply Libya with 10 coastguard boats by the end of June in its bid to make the Libyan coastguard "the most powerful unit in northern Africa".
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