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EDS NOTE GRAPHIC CONTENT - The lifeless bodies of migrants lay on the beach near the western city of Zwara, Libya, Thursday June 2, 2016, as rescue workers begin to retrieve some of the more than 100 bodies pulled from the sea, after a smuggling boat carrying mainly African migrants sank into the Mediterranean. Libya's navy spokesman Col. Ayoub Gassim says, Friday June 3, that the bodies of more than 100 migrants have been retrieved, but the death toll is likely to be higher. (APTV via AP) TV OUT
June 04, 2016 - 11:23 AM

ATHENS, Greece - The Latest on Europe's migration crisis. (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

The UN refugee agency is urging authorities to investigate the death of a 22-year-old Syrian man reported to have drowned while trying to cross a river from Serbia to Hungary.

The UNHCR said Saturday that others in the group claimed they were pushed back into the Tisza River from Hungary. The agency is also concerned about allegations of the abuse of asylum-seekers by Hungarian officials, including excessive use of force.

Hungarian police rescued an Iraqi family, including three children, from the river Wednesday and said they had alerted their Serbian counterparts about the man in the river who was missing. His body was found Friday.

The UNHCR said Hungarian policies, including razor-wire fences on its borders with Serbia and Croatia, "leave people with little choice but to put their lives in the hands of ruthless smugglers, often with tragic consequences."


6:45 p.m.

A Norwegian tanker carrying 221 migrants who survived a shipwreck Friday is expected to arrive shortly at the Italian port of Augusta on the island of Sicily.

The Greek coast guard says Saturday the unnamed ship is also carrying the body of a migrant who drowned in Friday's shipwreck of a smuggling boat that sank in the southern Mediterranean Sea.

The other 97 survivors of the shipwreck and the bodies of 9 other victims are being taken back to Egypt by Egyptian ships.

According to information from survivors, about 350 people boarded the smuggling boat that sank off Egypt. Egyptian authorities are still searching for those missing.

The human trafficking route from North Africa to southern Europe has claimed the lives of over 1,000 migrants in the last two weeks.

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