1500 refugees die in the Mediterranean Sea since beginning of 2018

Source : 112 Ukraine

60 thousand migrants crossed the Mediterranean Sea for this period
17:20, 4 August 2018

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1500 refugees and migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea for the first seven months of 2018 trying to reach Europe. Reads the message of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees. 

‘In order to save lives in the sea, we suppose to take all possible measures to bring to justice those who benefit from the exploitation of vulnerable people,’ Vincent Cochetel, Special Envoy of UNHCR in the Mediterranean Sea claimed. 

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According to him, the illegal transporters increasingly use inappropriate boats for sea transportation. This is why they are drifting in the sea hoping they will be pick up by rescue vessels.  

60 thousand migrants crossed the Mediterranean Sea for this period, which is half of the last year’s record. 

The main refugee reception port for 2018 is Spain. It has received 23.5 thousand people, Italy - 18.5 thousand and Greece 16 thousand migrants. 

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As it was reported earlier, Italy is willing to prohibit the International Missions to deliver vessels with the saved migrants to the Italian ports.  

According to mass media, the Italian Government refused to accept a French Aquarius rescue vessel with 629 refugees on the board. At the same time, Italy and Malta refused to open their ports for Lifeline rescue vessel from German charitable organization Mission Lifeline, which picked up 224 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. 

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