Captain of Capsized Mediterranean Migrant Boat Arrested as Death Toll Reaches 800

Monday was a dark day for migrants in the Mediterranean. As the search continued for survivors of the weekend's capsizing off the coast of Libya - from which 800 have been confirmed dead - three separate vessels got into trouble.
Coast guard boats spent the day criss-crossing the sea responding to two boats off the coast of Libya, with hundreds aboard each, and a third that had run aground off the island of Rhodes.
Amid what Italian Premier Matteo Renzi called an "escalation in these death voyages" two arrests have been made. The Tunisian captain and a member of the crew from the boat that capsized Sunday have been charged with favouring illegal immigration, and the captain also faces the charge of reckless multiple homicide.
The Associated Press reports that they were arrested aboard the rescue boat that brought 27 survivors from the shipwreck to Sicily.
Their human cargo, according to Carlotta Sami, of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Italy, included Syrians, Eritreans and Somalians, a number of which were children aged between 10 and 12.



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