Three babies dead after shipwreck in Mediterranean, with scores missing

Survivors report 220 migrants drowned off Libya in recent days UNHCR

Up to 100 migrants, including babies, feared dead after boat sinks off the coast of Libya

But even as they met for a second day in Brussels, the coast guard in Libya - the main jumping off point for most migrants trying to reach Europe - said about 100 people were missing and feared dead after their smugglers' boat capsized.

Close to 10,200 migrants have been taken back to Libya so far in 2018, Petre said.

Near the Libyan coast capsized boat with 120 migrants, resulting in about 100 migrants could have died.

As previously reported "FACTS", Italy and Malta refused to accept a ship full of refugees.

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"Each of the other survivors held onto something, mostly empty containers", said Kobrem, a 17-year-old survivor who clung to a rope attached to the wrecked boat for two hours until he was rescued. More than 2,000 were returned by the Libyan coast guard last week. The exact number of migrants on Board at the time of the incident is unknown, said the Libyan Navy.

Migrants who survived the sinking of an inflatable dinghy boat off of the coast of Libya arrive on the shore of al-Hmidiya, east of the capital Tripoli.

The agreement also calls for humanitarian groups not to obstruct the Libyan coast guard.

The weak nature of the Libyan government and proximity to Italian territory is increasingly making the North African country the preferred option for many refugees despite the dangers involved in crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

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Mr Doyle said he believed most of the "disembarkation centres" planned by the European Union would be in Europe, though he said it was up to the European Union to determine which countries would host them.

He noted that recently, for the fifth year in a row, the "grim milestone" of 1 000 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean was crossed.

The agreement reached by European Union leaders overnight includes plans to set up secure centres in Europe to process arrivals' arrival claims, but cracks are already starting to emerge, with France and Austria ruling themselves out as hosts.

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