Some 1,200 people drowned or missing in Mediterranean Sea in first half of 2022

Some 1,200 people drowned or missing in Mediterranean Sea in first half of 2022
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About 1,200 people drowned or went missing in the Mediterranean Sea in the first six months of 2022, according to estimates by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Dozens of others are still missing after a boat sank off the coast of the Greek island of Rhodes on Wednesday, the UN agency added.

So far, 34 people have been rescued from the latest mishap: 29 by the Greek coastguard and five by the Turkish coastguard.

Their statements about the total number of people on the boat range between 60 and 80, raising fears that dozens have drowned.


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