Those rescued, off the Tunisian fishing port of Zarzis, were aged between three and 40, Tunisia’s defence ministry said.

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The nationalities of the rescued include 46 Sudanese nationals, 16 Eritreans, 12 Bangladeshis and five from Egypt.

North Africa remains a key transit point for migrants from many countries hoping to reach Europe via the Mediterranean.

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Libya has been a major route but Tunisia has also become a major hub for years now.

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Some of those fleeing are in search for better living conditions in Europe while others are fleeing war in parts of Africa.

Despite the risks associated with traveling on unsafe boats across the Mediterranean, many migrants still prefer to embark on such journeys.

Source: Africa Feeds

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