UNICEF: In summer on route in Central Mediterranean, at least 990 people were killed

The number of dead or missing on a migration route in the Central Mediterranean this summer increased three times. This is stated in the message of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Central Mediterranean continues to be one of the most dangerous migration routes, the organization noted.

The number of children crossing the Central Mediterranean and reaching Italy without parents or relatives from the beginning of the year has grown by 60 percent compared to the same period last year – up to 1,600 people.

In addition, in June, the current year, at least 990 people died on this migration route, including children. In the same period last year, 334 missing or dead were recorded on this route.

It is noted that the numbers can be even higher, since a number of incidents on this route have not been recorded.