700 feared dead in Mediterranean’s deadliest week this year

A series of shipwrecks has left nearly 700 dead and hundreds of others missing in what humanitarians are calling this year’s deadliest week for migrants.

Wednesday, a ship carrying hundreds capsized, leaving 100 still missing. The next morning, a larger boat overturned, this time leaving 550 migrants unaccounted for. On Friday, 135 people were rescued and 45 bodies pulled from the water in the sea’s third shipwreck in three days.

Weekly rescues in the Mediterranean have reached 13,000, say Italian officials.

A multinational coalition of ships is patrolling the Mediterranean, trying to stem casualties at sea.

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