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They were traveling towards Italy in poorly-made rubber dinghies.
The rate of recorded deaths in the Mediterranean has risen sharply this year, with more than 3,740 migrants drowning on their way to Europe.
Some 500 people were saved in three rescue missions on Tuesday.
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At least 3,770 people are thought to have died on Mediterranean routes last year.
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The migrants — fleeing wars, oppression and poverty — often do not know how to swim and do not have life jackets.
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Over 80 people have been rescued from the capsized boat; the number of drowned is yet unknown.
Some 1,370 migrants and refugees have drowned this year, 25 percent fewer than the same period in 2015.
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