Over 400 rescued in Libyan waters
About 50 people were on Wednesday found dead in the hold of a boat carrying migrants intercepted off the coast of Libya, the Italian coastguard says.
About 430 people had reportedly been rescued alive from the boat.
The rescue operation was carried out by a Swedish vessel working with the EU’s Frontex border agency.
Thousands of migrants have died and many thousands more have been rescued after setting sail from Libya recently.
Wednesday’s rescue operation was one of 10 such missions currently taking place in the waters off Libya, the Italian coastguard spokeswoman said.
So far this year, more than 2,000 migrants have died trying to cross the sea to Europe according to the UN.