The bodies of six migrants apparently killed in a shipwreck have been recovered on a beach in southern Italy.
Officials in the Sicilian port of Catania say some 100 other migrants – reportedly Syrians – have been rescued.
The migrants were thrown into the sea when the boat ran aground just 15m (50ft) from shore, but some drowned because they could not swim.
Some 7,800 illegal migrants and asylum seekers landed in Italy in the first half of this year, the UN says.
Most come from sub-Saharan African countries, particularly Somalia and Eritrea. But a large number of Syrians and Egyptians are reported to be among hundreds of people who have arrived in Italy in the past few days.
Border controls kill again. Directly this time, so it’s in the news, not the millions who die every year because they’re kept poor and desperate their side of our imagined line.
Oh, and conflating illegal immigration and asylum seekers is real classy BBC, real nice.