At least 34 migrants, mostly toddlers, drowned off Libyan coast

At least 34 migrants, most of them toddlers, drowned on Wednesday, as coastguard boats and other vessels tried to save hundreds of others packed into boats off the coast of Libya, rescuers said.

One of a group of boats listed suddenly, sending about 200 people tumbling into the Mediterranean, Italian Coast Guard commander Cosimo Nicastro told Reuters.

“At least 20 dead bodies were spotted in the water,” he said.

The coast guard called in more ships to help with the rescue, saying about 1,700 people were packed into about 15 vessels.

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