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Up to 70 migrants drown after boat capsizes off Tunisia

Tunisia : At least 65 migrants drowned on Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian coast after they had left Libya hoping to reach Europe. A statement has been issued by the UNHCR ( United Nations refugee agency) that 16 people have been rescued so far in this accident.The survivors have told that the boat had gone on Libya due to the stormy waves rising in the sea, it was reversed.

UNHCR said , In the first four months of 2019, 164 people were known to have died on the route, a smaller number but higher death rate than in previous years, with one dying for every three who reach European shores .

UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said the United Nations had repeatedly voiced its concerns about the lack of boats to pick up migrants and refugees fleeing from “the horrendous and horrible situation” in Libya. It called on governments to step in.

Although the fighting in Libya has made the situation more difficult for people-trafficking rackets, international aid officials have warned that it could also prompt more Libyans to flee their country.

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