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Nearly 250 migrants missing after shipwrecks in the Mediterranean

Migrants looked toward Sicily a day after being rescued while crossing the Mediterranean Sea.Bernat Armangue/Associated Press

MADRID — The UN refugee agency said on Tuesday nearly 250 people are missing and feared dead following two shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days.

UNHCR said one of its partner agencies, the International Medical Corps, reported a shipwreck off the Libyan coast on Sunday from which 163 people are missing and feared dead. The UN agency said one woman and six men were rescued by the Libyan Coast Guard.

Separately, the agency said some 82 people are missing and feared dead after a rubber dinghy carrying 132 people sank after several hours of sailing. Some 50 survivors were rescued and taken to Pozzallo, Sicily.

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UNHCR said Tuesday that more than 1,300 people have disappeared and are believed to have died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Italy this year.