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70 African migrants drown off Tunisian coast

Refugees are seen after being rescued from the Mediterranean Sea on 15 June 2017 [Marcus Drinkwater/Anadolu Agency]
Refugees are seen after being rescued from the Mediterranean Sea on 15 June 2017 [Marcus Drinkwater/Anadolu Agency]

Seventy African migrants were killed after their boat sank off the Tunisian coast on Friday, according to local news reports, Anadolu Agency reported.

“At least 70 African migrants have drowned off the coast of Tunisia’s Sfax province,” the Tunisian Press Agency reported.

Sixteen others were rescued, the news agency said, adding that the ill-fated vessel had likely set out from neighbouring Libya.

No more details have been disclosed, but rescue efforts reportedly remain underway amid expectations that the death toll will rise further.

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