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Migrants Drown Off Libyan Shore        10/27 08:08

   CAIRO (AP) -- The spokesman for the Libyan navy said on Thursday that more 
than 90 migrants are believed dead after their rickety boat was damaged shortly 
after leaving the Libyan coast.

   Ayoub Gassim said the coast guard has rescued 29 survivors, who said the 
plastic boat ripped and began filling with water about 26 miles (42 kilometers) 
off the Libyan coast, in international waters.

   He said that a total of 126 migrants were in the boat, mostly African 
nationals. The migrants left Tajoura, in western Libya, before dawn Wednesday 
morning, and the coast guard received a call for help around 3 p.m.

   The death toll for migrants in the Mediterranean has reached at least 3,800 
this year so far, making 2016 the deadliest year ever for migrants in the 

   Migrants fleeing war and poverty take dangerous trips from Libya to Italy on 
overcrowded boats, hoping to make their way from there to new lives in Europe.


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