About 700 migrants are feared drowned after their boat capsized off Libya on Saturday, officials said.

About 700 migrants are feared drowned after their boat capsized off Libya on Saturday, officials said. The Coast Guard said in a statement that the migrants’ 66-foot vessel was reported to be sinking as a Portuguese-registered merchant ship, the King Jacob, approached to attempt a rescue. It picked up 28 passengers, but the boat then capsized. Italy’s Coast Guard said at least 24 people are confirmed dead, with the death toll expected to rise into the hundreds.

A vast rescue operation, involving helicopters, navy, Coast Guard and merchant ships is currently ongoing in the hope that some of the migrants have been able to survive.

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SOURCES BY BASHIR

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