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Migrant Boats Reported in Difficulty Off Libya

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Published on 18 Jul 2019 / In News & Politics

Italian coast guard officials said a Maltese cargo ship was heading to assist a migrant boat with around 100 people on board in difficulty off the coast of Libya on Friday. An Italian coast guard vessel was helping two other boats. More than 300 African migrants have already died attempting to reach Italy from North Africa this week, highlighting the chronic migrant problem in the Mediterranean following the closure of Italy's search-and-rescue operation last October. The coast guard said an improvement in weather conditions had allowed more migrant boats to set off from Libya, where the breakdown in law and order has allowed people-smugglers free rein.

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