Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Lifeline captain Claus-Peter Reisch on Wednesday were among those who paid tribute to the 850 people who died in an attempt to reach Italy from Libya in 2015.

A long-awaited memorial plaque was laid down at the Addolorata Cemetery, where 24 dead migrants had been buried in April of that year.

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Despite an extensive rescue operation, only 28 people survived. Twenty-four corpses were brought to Malta and the remaining 800 were believed to have drowned when their crowded boat capsized some 30 miles off the Libyan coast.

On that fateful morning, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had told party supporters in Marsa: “They are literally trying to find people alive among the dead floating in the water".

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