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Tunisia navy rescues 487 migrants from overloaded boat

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By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">TUNIS</span> – The Tunisian navy rescued 487 migrants on Friday from an overloaded boat that ran into difficulty in rough seas in the Mediterranean as they tried to reach Europe. </p> <p>The vessel was carrying migrants from Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Pakistan, Ethiopia and the Palestinian territories. The navy said they included 13 woman and 93 children.</p> <p>In recent months, several drowning incidents have occurred off Tunisia, with an increase in the frequency of attempted crossings from Tunisia and Libya towards Italy.</p> <p>Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in recent years, many of them fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.</p> <p>The migrants were taken to the port of El Kitf in Ben Guerdane.</p> <p/> </div>