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AFRICA: Migrant crisis: Scores drown off Libyan coast

More than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline, an aid agency says. Two rubber boats set off on 1 September but one of the vessels deflated and sank, Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF) says. The 276 survivors were eventually taken to the Libyan port city of Khoms, around 100 km (62 miles) to the south-east of the capital Tripoli. MSF says the group is now being held in arbitrary detention. The survivors, including pregnant women, children and infants, have been treated by MSF for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel. It appears to be the largest migrant death toll in the Mediterranean in several months. The numbers of those crossing the Mediterranean has fallen from the peak of over one million, but the journey is becoming deadlier: while fewer deaths have been reported, more people are dying as a proportion of those who reach Europe.

More than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline, an aid agency says.

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