Up to 70 dead after boat capsizes trying to reach Europe from Libya

Survivors report fishing vessel coming to their rescue 40 miles of coast of Tunisia/Lorenzo Tondoin Palermo@lorenzo_tondo

As many as 70 people trying to reach Europe from Libya have drowned after their vessel capsized in the deadliest such incident in the Mediterranean since January.

According to survivors, at least 16 of whom were rescued, the boat left Zuwara in Libya, where renewed warfare between rival factions has gripped the capital, Tripoli, in the past five weeks. The vessel capsized 40 miles off the coast of Sfax, south of Tunis, as it headed towards Italy.

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