Mass migrant shipwreck debris pulled from Mediterranean floor

An Italian search team has secured the remains of a ship which wrecked last year while carrying hundreds of migrants from the floor of the Mediterranean Sea.

The debris of the ship, which capsized near the Libyan coast with more than 700 people on board in April 2015, was pulled up from a depth of 400 metres on Monday, the Italian navy said Wednesday.

While the European Union managed to cut down the number of migrants travelling along the so-called Balkan route with a controversial March agreement with Turkey, migrant inflows across the central Mediterranean have increased this year.

The remains of the shipwreck are to be brought to Sicily, where experts plan to begin identifying the dead as quickly as possible.

Following the April 18, 2015, shipwreck several bodies were found, but the exact number of victims isn't clear yet. Only 28 people survived.

Average daily migrants landing to Greece from Turkey fell to less than 50 in May, compared to more than 2,000 in January. During the same period, arrivals from North Africa to Italy have almost quadrupled, from 176 in January to 643 last month.

Last update: Wed, 29/06/2016 - 14:02
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