A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital.
Malta called on the European Union to develop a "clear strategy" to deal with migrants fleeing conflicts to their shores after two shipwrecks claimed hundreds of lives.
Hundreds of people have died or drowned attempting dangerous crossing from N Africa to Lampedusa.
The boat that capsized south of Sicily, was carrying 300 refugees from Libya.
The stricken boat was carrying some 350 African migrants from Libya.
Greece has become main gateway to EU for illegal migrants, asylum seekers.
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