UNHCR’s Malta office issued the following statement on Thursday while search efforts for the migrant boat by the Armed Forces of Malta continued:
“The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expresses deep concern for the fate of tens of migrants on board of a boat coming from Libya who have sent out SOS calls on Tuesday evening. The presence of the migrants has reportedly also been confirmed by a number of Somali relatives in Italy who have received the distress calls. The boat has not been sighted yet and this raises UNHCR concern, especially as it is much more dangerous to cross the Mediterranean in the current season. UNHCR calls on Malta and Italy to strengthen the search operations in order to save the lives of tens of persons at the mercy of the sea.”
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