Migrants are rescued by the Italian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, in this picture released on January 28, 2016 by Italian Navy. REUTERS/Italian Navy/Handout
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More people died crossing the eastern Mediterranean in January than in the first eight months of last year, the International Organization for Migration said on Friday, blaming increased ruthlessness by people-traffickers.Another 26 died in the central Mediterranean trying to reach Italy.Last year a record 1 million people made the Mediterranean Sea crossing, five times more than in 2014 . During the year, the IOM estimates that 805 died in the eastern Mediterranean and 2,892 died in the central Mediterranean.
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