Italian authorities were not quick enough to respond to various distress calls from the sinking boat, and, as a result, failed to protect the 'right to life' of drowning migrants, UN rules.
International Organization for Migration says before the Cyprus wreck, at least 1,443 people died or went missing this year in the Mediterranean Sea route from northern Africa as of July 15.
Spanish NGO says pregnant women among the dead and 167 people were found adrift off the coast of Libya. Meanwhile, EU member states extend Mediterranean rescue operation Sophia for 18 more months.
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