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More Than 100 Migrants Feared Dead After Raft Sinks In Rough, Icy Mediterranean Sea

Flavio Di Giacomo, an IOM spokesman, told NPR, "The Italian authorities have now called off rescue efforts. It is very, very unlikely that we would find survivors at this point."
A group of 47 migrants is transferred from a rescued inflatable boat onto a Sea Watch 3 RHIB during a rescue operation by the Dutch-flagged vessel Sea Watch 3 off Libya's coasts on Saturday. Source: FEDERICO SCOPPA

The new year has barely begun but it's already been deadly for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

On Friday, a raft reportedly carrying 120 migrants, many from West Africa, sank in the rough, wintry sea.

The Italian Navy spotted bodies floating near three survivors, two Sudanese and a Gambian, who are

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