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Tunisia Boat Sinking Makes 75 Missing: IOM

FILE - A group thought to be migrants from Tunisia on board a precarious wooden boat waits to be assisted on July 29, 2021.

Seventy five people were missing after a crowded boat of migrants sank off Tunisia on Wednesday, the International Organization for Migration and a security official said, as the numbers risking the dangerous crossing to Europe increase.

A Tunisian security official told Reuters that the coastguard had recovered a body as they continue to search for those missing.

In recent months, dozens of people have drowned off the Tunisian coast, with an increase in the frequency of attempted crossings from Tunisia and Libya towards Italy.

Hundreds of thousands of people have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing in recent years.

Figures from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) showed that more than 123,000 migrants arrived in Italy in 2021, compared to more than 95,000 in 2020.