700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwrecks

The

United Nations
refugee agency says over 700 migrants may have drowned in

Mediterranean Sea
shipwrecks south of Italy in the last few days as they tried to reach Europe. Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told AP by phone on Sunday that an estimated 100 people are missing from a smugglers’ boat that capsized on Wednesday.

She said that about 550 others are missing from a smuggling boat that capsized on Thursday morning. She added that the refugees say that boat, carrying about 670 people, didn’t have an engine and was being towed by another smuggling boat before it capsized.

About 25 people from it survived, 79 others were rescued by patrol boats and 15 dead bodies were recovered.

Sami says 45 more bodies were recovered from a

shipwreck
on Friday and many more are reported as missing.