Seventy migrants drown off Tunisia | Daily News

Seventy migrants drown off Tunisia

As many as 70 migrants trying to reach Europe from Libya drowned Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, and at least 16 other people from the boat were rescued, according to U.N. migration officials and Tunisia’s state news agency.

The International Organization for Migration called it the deadliest migrant boat sinking since January.

The drownings happened as migrant arrivals to Europe are decreasing.

The smuggling boat left Libya on Thursday and sent a distress signal in international waters early Friday off the Tunisian coastal city of Sfax, according to an IOM official in Tunisia and a statement from Tunisia’s Defense Ministry.

(Washington Post)


 

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