Aid group fears for migrants at Italy border

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s response to the large numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):

7:35 p.m.

The aid group Doctors Without Borders says it’s worried about minors and other migrants who have disappeared in hills near the French border with Italy.

The group, which also is known by its French acronym MSF, said Tuesday about 100 migrants had been sleeping for weeks near a river bank by Ventimiglia, an Italian border town. It said it hasn’t been able to make contact with them since Monday.

MSF’s doctors tend migrant patients at Ventimiglia. The group reported a few days ago that a 16-year-old boy died while washing his belongings in the river.

French authorities repeatedly have blocked the migrants from entering France.

Early Monday, 400 refugees from South Sudan tried in vain to enter France through woods along the border.

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5:35 p.m.

Nearly 8,900 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea during the last few days.

The United Nations migration agency said on Tuesday that 8,864 migrants trying to reach Europe on unseaworthy smugglers’ dinghies and fishing boats have been safely rescued since June 24.

Libya-based smugglers take advantage of calm seas to launch as many boats as they can toward Italy, and conditions on the Mediterranean have been calm lately.

The Italian coast guard coordinates the transfer to southern Italian ports of migrants rescued at sea by Italian and European military or coast guard boats and private volunteer. A Spanish military vessel that took on some 800 migrants was expected in Sardinia Wednesday.

A European Frontex patrol ship arrived in Calabria on Tuesday with 520 migrants and the bodies of two more aboard.

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5:15 p.m.

Italian authorities in Sicily have detained a 23-year-old man for alleged torture of migrants awaiting passage in Libya on smugglers’ boats to Italy.

Police said the man was held for investigation of belonging to an armed criminal association involved in…

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