18:55 GMT07 August 2020
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    On 1 May, the Libyan Navy said that its Coast Guard has rescued 96 migrants who were trying to reach Europe illegally.

    At least 70 migrants drowned on Friday after their boat capsized and sank in Tunisian waters; in the aftermath of the incident, 16 were rescued by fishermen, according to Tunis Afrique Presse agency.

    The death toll could rise, since recovery of bodies is still ongoing, the local media noted.

    However, later in the day, the AFP news agency presented a different data, on which it stated, citing Tunisian officials, that only three migrants died following the deadly boat incident.

    This comes after last week, the Libyan Coast Guard stated that it has saved over 90 migrants who were attempting to reach Europe illegally.

    The European Union has been experiencing a large-scale migration crisis since 2015 due to the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing crises in their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa.


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