EU leaders to restore rescue operations after migrant boat disaster




 
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April 23rd, 2015  
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By Adrian Croft and Steve Scherer BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) - European Union leaders who decided last year to halt the rescue of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean will reverse their decision on Thursday at a summit hastily convened after nearly 2,000 people died at sea. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 900 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Italy shut down the mission that saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants last year because other EU countries refused to pay for it. The peak migration season of late spring and summer has barely begun, with international organisations estimating tens of thousands of African and Asian migrants likely to attempt the journey per month, mostly from Libya.




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