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Tunisia rescues 124 migrants from drifting boat: ICRC

Migrants arrive at the El-Kitif port in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdane following their rescue by Tunisia's coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on August 23, 2015Tunisia’s coast guard on Sunday rescued 124 would-be migrants bound for Italy from a boat adrift at sea near Libya, said the International Committee of the Red Cross. The migrants, all Africans, had been “attempting to illegally reach the Italian island of Lampedusa before they were rescued” and taken to the southern port of Ben Guerdane, said Mongi Slim, an official at the ICRC. Tunisian has been at the forefront of rescue efforts for a flood of mainly African migrants bound for Europe on unseaworthy boats that run into trouble.

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