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Refugee boat capsizing / Photo credit: Doctors Without Borders Twitter

“We will never know exact numbers” of drowned refugees fleeing the Middle East and East Africa for safe haven in Europe, Medecins San Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) tweeted Saturday, estimating that as many as 900 had died last week. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Sunday that more than 700 had drowned.

According to Reuters, some 14,000 refugees have been rescued since last Monday, but there have been reports of at least three boats sinking. The number of dead is estimated based on survivor testimonies. These included Saturday interviews with immigrants at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo, resulting in accounts of a large, motorless fishing boat that capsized on Thursday with a large crowd of women and children on board.

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According to testimonies, when the boat capsized, 25 passengers swam to the towing boat, and as many as 90 others were saved by 3 boats with MSF rescue personnel. 15 bodies were recovered, which means that at least 550 died, according to the UNHCR.

The rescued refugees last week included Eritreans, Sudanese, Nigerians and other West Africans. The boats have mostly left from Libya, where many women said the smugglers had beaten and raped them.

On Friday, an Italian Navy ship collected 45 bodies and rescued 135 people from a semi-submerged rubber boat, which normally carries about 300.

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David writes news at JewishPress.com.

5 COMMENTS

  1. DO NOT STOP HERE PAL WHY NOT BLAME ISRAEL FOR THE ISIS WAR OR THE CONFLICT IN SYRIA?? YOU MIGHT AS WELL BLAME ISRAEL FOR ALL TH F88888 UPS IN THE WHOLE WORLD

    I AM NOT A REFUGEE HATER ON THE CONTRARY
    BUT YOU CAN NOT BLAME ANOTHER COUNTRY FOR THE HARD TIMES HAPPENING IN THE WORLD

    AND NOT FORGETTING ALL THE TERRORISTS THAT ARE CLAIMING REFUGEE STATUS — WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT??

  2. Israel gets blamed for everything. Read your history books right. And get right with God… The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob or you will find yourself fighting against God which you are now blaming Israel. I am so sick of it…

  3. They are poor souls. Please remember! Israel set up an area on the syrian Border for refugees to receive medical help & food. You make Israel sound heartless. On the contrary! Syria is at war with Israel and Israel still helps the refugees.

  4. an immigrant is a person who is legallygranted permission to enter a country to live.
    Those dying at sea are not law abidding citizens but illegal aliens who are forcing themselves on to European countries, usurping their livelihoods, and homes, just like they do in Israel.

    You need to use the correct words in your articles to factually account what is really going on.

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