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At least 8 feared dead after Tunisian migrant boat collides with Navy vessel

 


At least eight people are feared to have drowned on Monday when a migrant boat with dozens of Tunisians collided with a navy vessel off the country’s southeast coast, according to its defence ministry.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo said that there between 70 and 80 people on board; while some 40 had been rescued, almost all Tunisians, at least 20 people were missing.

The accident happened off the coast of Tunisia, from where there has been a recent increase in the number of migrants attempting the Mediterranean crossing towards Europe after Italy struck a deal in July to limit the flow from war-torn Libya.

Italian news agency ANSA said the migrant vessel had sunk.

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