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Migrant crossings: 75 people missing after boat sinks off Tunisia coast | World news

Seventy-five people are missing after a busy boat of migrants sank for Tunisia, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The IOM said 24 people were rescued from the boat, which left the shores of Zawara in northern Libya and sank off the coast of Sfax.

A Tunisian security official told Reuters news agency that the coastguard had recovered a body.

The central Mediterranean, which connects Libya with Italy or Malta, is the most dangerous migration route in the world, says the IOM.

The UN agency estimates that in 2021 more than 1,500 people died or went missing in the area and more than 500 so far in 2022.

Dozens of people have drowned off the Tunisian coast in recent months.

Hundreds of thousands of people have made the dangerous Mediterranean crossing in recent years.

Figures from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) showed that more than 123,000 migrants arrived in Italy in 2021, compared to more than 95,000 in 2020.

Migrant crossings: 75 people missing after boat sinks off Tunisia coast | World news

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