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Service held for Lampedusa migrant ship disaster victims

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 12 (UPI) — More than 1,000 Eritreans gathered in a park in Tel Aviv Saturday to hold a memorial service for asylum-seekers who died on..
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Meanwhile, news of the tragic deaths at sea of close to 300 mostly Eritrean, Somali and Sheila B. Keetharuth, the U.N. special rapporteur on Eritrea, said: “The 
Lampedusa sinking death toll at 359 The Japan Times

Only 155 of the about 545 migrants aboard the vessel, mainly from Eritrea, survived the disaster, the worst immigration tragedy for Italy in more than a decade.
‘My sister swam for three hours before drowning’ Times of Malta

Mr Legaw’s sister, Amileset, was travelling on the rickety vessel that sunk off Lampedusa on October 3. The “quiet and gentle” young Eritrean woman was one of 
Migrant tragedies sharpen calls for passage to Europe The Tennessean

Those tragedies came just eight days after at least 339 Eritreans died when their boat sank within sight of Lampedusa, in one of the worst verified migrant sea 

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