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Dozens drown as migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia

Dozens drown as migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia

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At least 65 migrants have died after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean off the coast of Tunisia, the UN refugee agency says. Sixteen people were rescued, UNHCR said in a statement. Survivors say the boat left Zuwara in Libya on Thursday and ran into trouble during strong waves. About 164 people died on the route between Libya and Europe in the first four months of 2019, UNHCR figures show. The incident is thought to be one of the deadliest shipwrecks involving migrants since the start of the year.The survivors were brought to the coast by the Tunisian Navy and are awaiting permission to disembark. One person has been transferred to hospital for medical treatment, the UNHCR says. The navy dispatched a ship as soon as it he...
Migrant crisis: Scores drown off Libyan coast

Migrant crisis: Scores drown off Libyan coast

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More than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline earlier this month, an aid agency says.According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) two rubber boats set off on 1 September, but one of the vessels deflated and sank.The 276 survivors were eventually taken to the Libyan port city of Khoms, around 100 km (62 miles) to the south-east of the capital Tripoli.MSF says the group is now being held in "arbitrary detention".The survivors, including pregnant women, children and infants, have been treated by MSF for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel.Over 1,500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Many more have been...