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Migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast, over 40 killed

Members of Libya's coastguard undergo a rescue exercise during training provided by the European Union, in Tripoli November 13, 2013 (LIBYA-COASTGUARD/ REUTERS/European Union Press Office)

TRIPOLI: At least 40 people died and 51 were rescued after a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya's coast east of Tripoli, Rami Kaal, a spokesman for the Libyan Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Libya's porous borders with its sub-Saharan neighbours and its proximity to Italy and Malta across the Mediterranean have made the North African country a common transit route for migrants trying to reach Europe.

 

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