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Shipwrecked refugee crossings leave 164 dead in Mediterranean, says UN

Attempted crossing from Libya to Europe surge as authorities carry out deadly crackdown on refugees

More than 160 people drowned in two separate shipwrecks off the coast of Libya in the past week, a UN migration official has said. The fatalities were the latest disasters in the Mediterranean Sea involving refugees seeking a better life in Europe.

Safa Msehli, a spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said at least 102 were reported dead after their wooden boat capsized on Friday and at least eight others were rescued and returned to shore.

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