Italy arrests 10 in migrant deaths at sea; Austrian officials sort out deaths … – CNN

(CNN)Authorities in Hungary and Italy have made arrests in the deaths of scores migrants and refugees this week, including 71 whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck in Austria.

Those who died in Austria — most likely fleeing war-ravaged Syria — probably suffocated inside the truck abandoned on a highway, authorities said Friday.

Sixty of the 71 victims were men. Eight women died, as did three children, ages 2, 3 and 8.

“We are talking about human trafficking, homicide, even murder,” said Johann Fuchs, state prosecutor of Eisenstadt.

News of the deaths comes as Europe is struggling to deal with a record swell of migrants and refugees traveling by land and sea to find a better life or escape conflict at home in the Middle East and Africa.

United Nations officials have called on European officials to improve their efforts to resolve the growing humanitarian crisis, including dealing with human traffickers preying on refugees of the sort thought to be responsible for the deaths in Austria.

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