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NGO Fears Death of at Least 240 Migrants in Mediterranean

The NGO confirmed the sinking of two boats but was only able to find the bodies of five men

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    NGO Fears Death of at Least 240 Migrants in Mediterranean
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    File - In this March 4, 2017 file photo, a Spanish military airplane flies near to a group of refugees and migrants from different African countries, as they are assisted by an NGO, about 20 miles North of Sabratha, Libya. A Spanish aid organization on Thursday said it has recovered five bodies from waters off the Libyan coast and fears that at least 240 migrants could have died after two boats capsized in the Mediterranean.

    A Spanish aid organization says it has recovered five bodies from waters off the Libyan coast and fears that at least 240 migrants could have died after two boats capsized in the Mediterranean.

    Proactiva Open Arms spokeswoman Laura Lanuza said each rubber boat usually holds 120 people, but smugglers tend to fill them over capacity to maximize their benefits in each trip.

    She said the NGO confirmed the sinking of two boats but was only able to find the bodies of five men of African origin on Thursday morning, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) north of the Libyan town of Sabratha.

    The migrants were between 16 and 25 years old and appeared to have drowned, said Lanuza, as their bodies didn't show any sign of violence. The NGO's rescuers were searching for a third boat.

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