Thousands of refugees are still making the deadly ocean crossing to Europe. We spoke to one New Zealander on board the Aquarius, a rescue ship that searches for the boats and takes them to safety.
Over 9,000 people saved in the Mediterranean while some argue rescue efforts encourage smugglers
The International Organization for Migration says deaths already total over 4,000 this year — 26 percent higher than in 2015 and increasingly concentrated in the Mediterranean.
Three operations were carried out off the coast of Libya on Tuesday retrieving around 500 survivors, most of which were rescued from an overcrowded wooden boat.
The Lionfish, a species native to the Indo-Pacific ocean, has slowly been setting up camp in the Mediterranean.
The Italian coast guard said the people were picked up from 25 dinghies and one boat, all north of the Libyan coast.
The wreckage could lead investigators to the plane's flight data recorder, providing additional clues about what caused the mysterious crash.
The men were rescued in international waters along with hundreds of migrants and brought to the port city last week. Testimony from the migrants helped police to identify the suspects, including the captain.
One Egyptian expert says the size of human remains retrieved from the crashed flight suggest there was an explosion on board, but another said it was too early to say what brought the plane down.
France's air accident investigation agency says the missing jet sent a series of signals indicating that smoke had been detected on board before it crashed.
Details of the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea remain unclear, but the latest reports come one year after 800 people died there prompting an international outcry and European crisis talks.