Migrants have some food after disembarking from the Italian Navy vessel 'Chimera' in Salerno, Italy, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Francesco Pecoraro)
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European Union leaders, under pressure to act to stop more migrants dying in the Mediterranean, will agree at a crisis summit Thursday to boost search and rescue operations and step up the fight against traffickers.Public outrage over the death of up to 900 migrants last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya has led EU governments to reverse last year's decision to scale down search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.The leaders are expected to agree in Brussels on reinforcing EU operations in the Mediterranean, probably by doubling the cash and equipment available to two EU border patrol missions, a senior EU diplomat said.Their area of operations will also be extended, meaning EU ships would be better placed to spot and rescue migrant boats in trouble off the North African coast.
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