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Libya Migrants: UN Urges More Effort to Save Lives

In this image made from Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 video, African migrants look through bars of a locked door at Sabratha migrant detention center for men in Sabratha, Libya. Libya’s chaos in the two years following the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi has turned the country into a prime springboard for tens of thousands of migrants, mainly from Africa, trying to reach Europe in dangerous sea voyages. (AP Photo)
In this image made from Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 video, African migrants look through bars of a locked door at Sabratha migrant detention center for men in Sabratha, Libya. (AP Photo)

(BBC) – The UN refugee agency says not enough is being done to save the lives of the rising number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

A UNHCR spokesman called on the EU to step up its rescue system, after a migrant boat capsized off Libya on Sunday, with 400 feared dead.

Libya’s coastguard says it expects more attempted crossings later this week.

Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous crossing in recent years, fleeing poverty and conflict.

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