Survivors of Libyan shipwreck report 7 Syrians dead

MILAN (AP) " The U.N. refugee agency says that survivors of a shipwreck off Libya have reported at least seven people, including three children, died when the small wooden boat carrying 27 people, mostly Syrian refugees, capsized.

A Spanish aid group recovered five bodies, including two Syrian girls aged 8 months and 5 years, during the rescue Thursday.

UNHCR representative Medea Savary said that survivors arriving in the Sicilian port of Trapani on Saturday reported that a woman and another child also died, but the bodies couldn't be recovered.

Survivors said that the boat began taking on water a few hours after departing Libya, and eventually capsized.

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station, MOAS, brought the five bodies to Trapani, along with 304 people rescued in recent days.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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