More Somalis die at sea trying to reach Europe

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At least seven Somali migrants have died as they attempted to cross from Libya to Europe, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

The dead include five men and two women. UNHCR says the dead were among a group of 90 migrants who travelled on a boat from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea.

The boat landed on one of Malta's popular beaches on Saturday where the survivors narrated their seven day ordeal to rescuers and UNHCR staff.

Adrian Edwards is from the UNHCR

"This is the fourth-such boat to have arrived in Malta this year, bringing a total of some 220 people. A further 45 boats have arrived in Italy. According to our regional office in Italy the latest deaths bring the number of reported or confirmed dead among people attempting to reach Europe from Libya to 81 this year – or two people every three days on average. Last year an estimated 1500 people were reported missing or dead attempting to reach Europe. UNHCR reiterates its call to ship masters in the Mediterranean for heightened vigilance and continued adherence to the longstanding maritime obligation of aiding those in distress at sea."

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