At Least 10 Dead after Migrant Boat Sinks Off Sicily

NNA – A boat transporting migrants has capsized off Sicily, killing at least 10 people, while scores were rescued, the Italian coastguard said Wednesday.Hundreds of people have died in recent months as waves of migrants from North Africa and Middle East conflict zones attempt to reach Europe, prompting criticism of rescue efforts.A tugboat for Libyan oil platforms alerted authorities to the capsized boat and an Italian coast guard vessel — already transporting 318 migrants who had been rescued earlier — headed to the scene.Some 121 people were rescued after the boat sank on Tuesday but at least 10 died.Italy’s coastguard said it has carried out seven rescue operations in less than 24 hours, saving 941 migrants in the Strait of Sicily, which separates the Italian island from the North African coast.Those rescued included more than 30 children and at least one pregnant woman, who was taken to hospital–AFP.======================N.AF/L.Y.R