Ship carrying over 500 migrants capsizes

Women wearing headscarves and children were among those rescued, but no details of the migrants' nationalities have been given.

Several motorboats were also used in the rescue operation, and the frigate Bergamini deployed a helicopter.

Another 3,000 migrants were rescued from stricken boats in waters off Libya on Tuesday, the Italian coast guard said, lifting the total saved in the space of 48 hours to 5,600.

The navy said at least 550 people had been pulled to safety but added that the rescue operation was still underway and that the death toll could rise.

London: Seven migrants have died, but 500 were saved after an overcrowded barge sunk off the coast of Libya - and the moment was captured in disturbing images published by the Italian navy.

The Italian navy patrol ship Bettica identified the boat floating in precarious conditions in the Sicily channel.

Libya coast guards have stopped 850 migrants bound for Europe
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The video has emerged showing a wooden fishing boat carrying refugees capsizing off the coast of Libya.

Libya remained stuck in a civil war leaving it wide open to exploitation by Daesh militants - and people smugglers.

There have been more than 2,700 migrants and refugees rescued in the past few days, according to the International Organization for Migration's Rome office.

The onset of better weather conditions has raised fears more people will attempt the risky 300 km (185 miles) crossing to the island of Lampedusa in Italy.

Libya, which admits its failure in preventing migrants from crossing to Italy, has accused the European Union of not offering the help it committed for handling the crisis.

Despite strict immigration measures taken by Europe, hundreds of migrants continue to pour across the Mediterranean.

  • Elsie Buchanan