Lebanon's education minister Elias Bousaab became the latest in a series of politicians to say that Islamic State (Isis) militants may be infiltrating migrant boats carrying would-be refugees to Europe. His and similar claims have been used by nationalist parties across the EU to advocate for tougher immigration policies.
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Muslims throw 12 Christians overboard in migrant boat in Mediterranean
Italian police have arrested a group of refugees whom witnesses say threw 12 people overboard while crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy early Wednesday morning.
Migrant crisis: Are Isis terrorists infiltrating refugee boats to Europe?
Europe - 1 Jan 1970
4,400 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean in a single day, say Italian Coast Guard
A record number of migrants are expected to make the dangerous crossing this year
Libya - 23 Aug 2015
Italy's coast guard said it co-ordinated the rescue of some 4,400 migrants in a single day, a record-setting number, as smugglers took advantage of ideal sea conditions off Libya to launch a fleet of overcrowded, unseaworthy boats.