Malta’s prime minister called the Mediterranean Sea a ‘cemetery’ after two boats carrying migrants have sank in the region in just over a week.
At least 34 are dead after a migrant boat sank 60 nautical miles south of Sicily on Friday. On Oct. 3, at least 339 people lost their lives when a boat sank less than a kilometer from Lampedusa, an island between Sicily and Tunisia.
The arrival of migrants from North Africa to the region has worsened in the past year due to crises in Egypt, Libya and Syria.
“I don’t know how many more people need to die at sea before something gets done,” Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said in an interview with the BBC.
Photo: Maltese rescue workers lower the corpse of a migrant from a patrol boat of the Armed forces of Malta at Hay Wharf in Valletta. (Matthew Mirabelli/AFP – Getty Images)