Migrant boat sinks off Tunisia, two dead

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A boat carrying migrants sank off Tunisia drowning at least two with nine rescued and 14 missing, a coastguard official said.

The boat sank 10km from the coastline near Sfax, Houssem Jebabli told Reuters, adding a rescue operation was still underway.

There have been two migrant shipping disasters off Tunisia this year, with 86 African migrants drowned after their boat capsized having set off for Europe from Libya in July.

Another boat carrying migrants to Europe from Libya capsized in June, drowning at least 65.



All migrants on the boat on Tuesday were Tunisians, Jebabli said.