Italian navy: Migrant boat death toll rises to 34

Italian and Maltese naval vessels have recovered 34 bodies from a migrant boat that capsized in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy has said.

Italian media said that the boat capsized on Friday when panicked people aboard waved for help.

The Italian navy added that a rescue ship had been dispatched to help another boat in distress in the area.

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'Shots fired' as migrants fled

Migrants who were rescued after their boat sank in the Mediterranean claim they were shot at as they left a Libyan port. Thirty-four people were killed after the boat capsized south of Sicily, the Italian coastguard said.