The Washington Post

Fourteen dead, 54 rescued after migrant boat sinks:


At least 14 Africans died and 54 were rescued when a boat in which they were trying to reach Europe sank off the coast of Tunisia, the Tunisian National Guard said Thursday. The 14 bodies were recovered overnight in the Mediterran­ean Sea off Tunisia’s central Sfax region, National Guard spokespers­on Houssamedd­ine Jbabli said. The National Guard said the migrants were from sub-saharan Africa but did not release their nationalit­ies. On the same night, coast guard vessels thwarted 14 other boats carrying a total of 435 migrants attempting a similar journey from central and southern regions of Tunisia, Jbabli said. People fleeing conflict or poverty routinely take boats from Tunisian shores toward Europe.

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