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48 migrants drown off Tunisia coast

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Migrants are seen in a boat as they are rescued by Libyan coast guards in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, January 15, 2018. Reuters

TUNIS (Reuters) – At least 48 migrants were killed when their boat sank off Tunisia’s coast and 67 others were rescued by coast guards in one of the worst migrant boat accidents in recent years. The boat went down near the southern island of Kerkenna, a tourist spot, in the night. The boat was packed with about 180 migrants, including 80 from other African countries. Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading for Europe.

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