Rising toll on migrants leaves Europe in crisis; 900 may be dead at sea

by Jim Yardley

Migrants grasped the hull of a boat that ran aground near the Greek island of Rhodes on April 20, 2015. So far in 2015, about 1,500 people have died aboard smuggling ships bound for Europe. Photo: Loukas Mastis/European Pressphoto Agency

ROME — European leaders were confronted on Monday with a humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, as estimates that as many as 900 migrants may have died off the Libyan coast this weekend prompted calls for a new approach to the surging number of refugees crossing from Africa and the Middle East.

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