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Refugee boats sink off Libya, leaving 100 dead

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Two boats carrying about 500 refugees from Africa and the Middle East have sunk off the coast of Libya. More than 100 people have been confirmed dead.

The boats capsized in the Mediterranean Sea near the North African country on Thursday.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says 200 others are still missing and that the death toll is expected to increase further.

A local Red Crescent Society says about 200 people have been rescued.

The government of Muammar al-Gadhafi was overthrown in 2011, which triggered a civil war.

In the confusion that has followed, human smugglers are boosting their activities. Many refugees and migrants are trying to leave the country for Europe.

On Wednesday, 55 people were found dead on boats near the coast of Libya.

The International Organization for Migration says more than 2,400 people have died since January in the Mediterranean Sea on their way for Europe.

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