Hundreds of African migrants are believed to have drowned after a boat they were travelling in overturned in the Mediterranean Sea.
The vessel had apparently been carrying people fleeing several east African countries, including Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.
The Somali ambassador based in Egypt confirmed to BBC Arabic more than 400 migrants were feared dead.
The boat was thought to have been headed to Italy after setting off from Egypt but this has not yet been confirmed.
Emergency crews managed to save at least 29 migrants, according to social media reports.
The incident comes a year after more than 800 people drowned on an overcrowded ship bound for Italy’s southernmost isle of Lampedusa.
The European Union deployed a round-the-clock flotilla that has saved thousands of lives on what remains one of the world’s most perilous journeys.