At least 50 migrants die off the coast of Tunisia after their boat capsized

epa06294598 The Commander of the Portuguese Navy vessel signals to a boat carrying 48 migrants as it nears the Portuguese Navy Viana do Castelo Oceanic Patrol Ship, off the coast of Pozzallo, Sicily, Italy, 27 October 2017, (issued 28 October 2017). Reports state that 48 migrants were rescued on 27 October 2017 by the Portuguese Navy in the Mediterranean landed in Pozzallo on 28 October 2017 and were handed over to the Italian authorities 19 hours after being picked up from a vessel at risk of fire. EPA-EFE/JOSE SENA GOULAO

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At least 70 migrants drowned on Friday when their boat sank in international waters off the Tunisian coast, and 16 were saved, the state-run Tunis Afrique Presse agency said.

The boat sank 40 nautical miles off the coast of Sfax, south of the capital Tunis, it said. Fishing boats rescued the survivors, it said.

The U.N. migration agency put the death toll at at least 50, with 16 survivors

Via Euronews

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