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Bodies of 150 African refugees fleeing Libya discovered off Tunisian coast: report

The vessels got into difficulties off the Tunisian coast on Tuesday as the refugees fled the turmoil in Libya.

Kerkannah is an island off the Tunisian coast in the Mediterranean.
Kerkannah is an island off the Tunisian coast in the Mediterranean.
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THE BODIES OF 150 African refugees fleeing the political turmoil in Libya have been discovered off the Tunisian coast according to a UN official.

The vessels carrying the refugees to Europe are reported by Reuters to have got into difficulties on Tuesday about 20 kilometres off the shores of Kerkannah as they headed for Italy. A UN High Commissioner says that search operations are continuing.

Tunisian coastguard and military rescued 570 people but many others fell into the water when they rushed to get off the small fishing boats. The rush combined with the rough seas caused some of the vessels to capsize.

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