Italy says 7 migrants have died after a boat capsized in the Mediterranean. On Wednesday (June 30), the boat capsized 7 kilometers off the European island of Lampedusa.
Forty-six passengers were rescued alive from the boat and taken to a Mediterranean island. But nine riders are still missing, according to Reuters and Arab News
The Italian Coast Guard said in a statement that the eight-meter-long boat was carrying more than 60 migrants. The Coast Guard responded to a rescue call from a boat seven miles from Lampedusa.
They said the boat capsized abruptly. Lampedusa is closer to Africa than Italy.
In recent years, millions of people in Africa and the Middle East have been seen crossing the dangerous Mediterranean to seek refuge in various European countries to escape conflict and poverty.
The number of arrivals in Italy, one of the main routes for immigrants to Europe, dropped slightly in the middle. This year it has started to grow again.
The Italian Interior Ministry says about 19,800 immigrants have arrived in Italy since the beginning of the year. At the same time last year, the number was slightly higher at 6,700.
About 300 more migrants landed on Lampedusa Island in four boats on Tuesday night.