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Captain and Crew Member of Capsized Migrant Boat Arrested

Captain and Crew Member of Capsized Migrant Boat Arrested

According to Italian officials, the captain of the boat that capsized off the coast of Libya has been charged with reckless multiple homicide. On Sunday, over 800 people died when the overcrowded 66-foot fishing trawler collided with a Portuguese container ship, causing the passengers to panic and quickly shift to one side of the boat, making it keel over. Only 28 of the migrants are known to have survived. The Tunisian captain, Mohammed Ali Malek, and Syrian crew member Mahmud Bikhit will likely also be charged with engaging in illegal immigration. European Council president, Donald Tusk, has called for a European summit meeting to be held on Thursday to address the growing humanitarian crisis. A steady stream of refugees fleeing the violence in Lybia are attempting to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, often traveling in unstable boats operated by human traffickers …

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